The birthday of Water god (Varun Devta) Sai Uderolal or Jhulelal is called Cheti Chand and this day also corresponds to Guru Nanak’s birthday. Varun Dev as Sai Uderolal or Jhulelal has incarnated to protect Sindhis.
Cheti Chand is observed on the first day of the Sindhi Chet month (March – April) or Chaitra month in Hindu calendar; hence called CHET-I-CHAND. Cheti Chand is the beginning of Sindhi New Year. Businessmen take the day to start new account books.
This most popular Sindhi festival is celebrated on a day during the waxing phase of moon of Chet month.
The day holds importance that on this day Varun Dev appeared as Uderolal on the first day of Chet month to save Sindhis from the dictatorship of a ruler who wanted to destroy the Sindhi culture and Hinduism.
The main festival starts with the worships of Jhulelal and Bahrano. Men perform the folk dance, Chej on sindhi music before Jhulelal.
All the organizations or institutions dedicated to Sindhis celebrate this festival with gaiety and pomp. Aarti of the Sea God of the Sindhis, Jhoolelal Sain is done. The day offers the advantage of worshipping water – the elixir of life.
Baharana Sahib Consists of Jyot, Sugar Candy, Phota, Fruits, Akha. Behind is a Bronze Pot and a Coconut in it, covered with Cloth, Flowers, Leaves and Idol of God Jhulelal. On this day Baharana Sahib is taken to nearby River or Lake.