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Jhulelal

Jhulelal (Sindhi/Urdu: جهوللال), (Sanskrit: झूलेलाल) or Jhule Laal, Dariyalal, Zinda Pir or Raja Bharati refers to two interwoven legends in the Sindh, in Pakistan which bring together the Hindu and the Islamic traditions of the region in popular folklore.

Jhulelal is the Ishta Dev (community God) of Sindhi people.[1] His birthday Cheti Chand[2] which falls on the second day of the Chaitra month is auspicious for Sindhis and is celebrated all over the world with traditional pomp and gaiety.

The name also refers to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a Sufi saint who is seen as a personification of the Hindu river god.[3]

Iconography

  • In the most common form, Jhulelal is represented as a bearded man sitting cross-legged on a lotus flower that rests on a palla fish. The fish is seen floating on the Sindhu river. He holds a sacred text and sometimes even a rosary. He wears a golden crown with a peacock feather and wears regal clothes. Generally, temple idols represent him in this form.[4]
  • In a second form he is shown as a young mounted warrior holding a sword in one hand and a flag in the other. He is shown as the head of a regiment.[4]
  • In yet another form he is shown standing on a palla fish or the lotus flower, holding a staff with both hands to indicate leadership.[4]

References

External links

  • All About Sindhis
  • Jhule Lal
  • Sindhi Deity Jhulelal
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