Religion

Sindhis tend to follow both Hinduism and Sikhism. Sindhis celebrate both Diwali and as well as Guru Nanak's Birthday. Sindhis also follow Sadhu Vaswani

Sindhi tend to go for Kathas rather then say South Indians who go to a temple for 'darshan'

Diwali

Diwali Lamps

Diwali is the festival of light and marks the start of the Hindu new year

Sindhi celebrate two New Years. Both Diwali and Cheti Chand

Diwali - Ram Laxman Sita Hanuman

In the home lamsp are lit up at night. No room in the home is left in the darkness. Fireworks are lit up

Sindhis makes 7 vegetable dish

Janmashtami

Janmashtami

Janmashtami is to mark the birth of Lord Khrihna

fondness for buttermilk

celebrate at night

Khrishna symbols flute and peacock

Teejri

Teejri - Sindhis

Teejri is an annual Hindu religious practice where wives and unmarried women keep a day long fast. Mendhi is put on hands and feet. Also Traditionally women would swing in Jhulas, play games, and sing songs. Married women do this for the good health and longevity of their husband. Unmarried girls also perform this custom in the belief they will will get good husbands. Women will only break their fast once they have seen the moon. Sometimes, the moon can be hidden behind clouds.

There are also phone apps, which give the timing of when the moon rises.

A colourful Teejri Guide is graciously assembled by Sandhya Panjwani.

Days of the Week

Diwali Lamps

In Hindusism, each of the days is dedicated to certain Gods.

Monday dedicated to Lord Shiva

Tuesday is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Durga, Goddess Kali and Lord Hanuman. Most devotees visit Devi and Hanuman shrines.

Thursday to Lord Khrisha

Saturday is dedicated to alleviating the bad influence of Lord Shani.

Cheti Chand

Jhulelal - Patron Saint of Sindhis

Cheti Chand is the Sindhi New Year and is celebrated by Sindhis. It normally occurs around April.

Sindhi celebrate two New Years. Both Diwali and Cheti Chand

Jhulelal is said to be the Patron saint of Sindhis. He is often seen sitting a fish. He is said to have risen out of the River Indus in Sindh.

It is common to say "Jako Chavando Jhulelal, Tahinja Thinda Berapaar"

There is a song "O Lal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bala Jhule lalan....."

Sadhu Vaswani

Sadhu Vaswani

Sindhi also follow the teachings of Sadhu Vaswani

Born on 25th November 1879, in Hydrabad Sind, Sadhu Vaswani’s life was touched with a spark of divinity from a very early age

Words of Wisdom Sadhu T. L. Vaswani Cultivate silent, and you will receive the grace of God to bear and to suffer. If I were asked, “What is the note universal in all religions?” I would say: “God is Love.” The joy of life belongs to them who serve the poor and whose hearts are pure! Vibrations of a man tell more than his words or “works”.

Dada J.P. Vaswani

Dada J.P Vaswani

Dada J.P. Vaswani calls himself a pilgrim

Sadhi Vaswani Centre in the UK

Annually, the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, which exists to continue the life and mission of Sadhu T. L. Vaswani, celebrates the International Meatless Day on Vaswani's birthday, November 25, because he had strongly advocated universal practice of vegetarian living

Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak

Sindhis also follow Guru Nanak.

Guru Nanakh in born in 1469 A.D.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji laid the foundation of ‘Sikhism' in the 15th century. While Guru Nanak's teachings can be found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, as a vast collection of revelatory verses recorded in Gurmukhi, his teachings are understood to be practised in three ways: Vand Chhakkna: Sharing with others, helping those with less who are in need; Kirat Karna: Earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation or fraud; Naam Japna: Chanting the Holy Name and thus remembering God at all times (ceaseless devotion to God).

When Guru Nanak Dev ji was 12 years old his father gave him twenty rupees and asked him to do a business, apparently to teach him commerce. But Guru Nanak dev ji bought food from all the money and distributed it among saints, and poor. When his father asked him what happened to business? He replied that he had done a "True business". A gurdwara was made at the place where Guru Nanak dev had fed the poor, it is named ‘Sacha Sauda'

Tipno

Most households rely on a Tipno (calender) to mark important festivals and occasions

In the UK, the Sindhi Mandhir provides these Tipnos. Dates do occassionaly depending on who has carried out the forcecast

There are also Tipnos, which as avilable as phone apps.

Serving the Needs of the Hindu Sindhis Community