Today I shall tell you, the name of the Patron Saint that Sindhis pray to.
Sindhis worship 'Jhulelal'.
His story is based on some historical events. A lot has come down to us by
word of mouth. What is important to remember, is that He taught that all
religions give out the same message of love and unity.
One astrologer called the child 'Amarlal' (Amar means 'deathless') and
claimed that his memory would be immortal as his name suggested. Once while the
child lay on his cradle, it started to swing of its own accord, hence the child
was also called 'Julelal' which means one who swings to and fro. The Divine
child was born on 'Cheti Chand' to Devaki and Rattanchand of Nasarpur. Upon
opening the baby's mouth, the parents 'saw' the River Sindhu flowing, and an old
man with a white beard sitting on a 'pala' fish, whose peculiarity is, that it
swims against the tide.
Jhulelal was born during difficult times. During the 10th century Sindh was
ruled by the Sumras, who were tolerant to all other religions. But there was one
exception. 'Mirkshah', who was a tyrant, was threatening the Hindus to either
embrace Islam or die. The frightened and helpless Sindhi Hindus prayed. It is
believed that on the 40th day, the River God spoke to them. He promised that a
Divine Child would take birth in Nasarpur to save them.Mirkshah tried various
means to do away with Jhulelal but the latter was always saved by miraculous
interventions. When Mirkshah finally confronted Jhulelal, he 'heard' a sermon
which proclaimed that the whole of Creation was created by only One God, who
Muslims called 'Allah' and Hindus 'Ishwar'.
As the Muslim priests continued to persecute 'Jhulelal' ferocious waves
encircled Mirkshah and his companions. Defeated, they cried out for forgiveness.
The persecution of the Hindus stopped. Jhulelal promised to come to the aid of
his devotees whenever he would be called upon.
The world is passing through a stormy time, once again. Shall we remember to
call upon Jhulelal, specially, this 'Cheti-chand'. (Sindhi New Year)?