21st Mar, 2015 -
The auspicious occasion of *Cheti Chand* saw a historic moment when a group of excited and elated Sindhis performed a simple BhoomiPoojan at the sacred land between the ancient Shiva temple at Koteshwar and the holy Narayan Sarovar, in Kutcch. At the stroke of 11 am while the world was busy going about their daily chores Lord Jhulelal laid claim to 33 acres of land in the area and declared it as His abode and His sacred land!
This momentous event laid the foundation of a prospective magnificent Jhulelal temple cum cultural complex which will symbolize Sindhi ethos and will be a nestling ground for the preservation of Sindhi identity. Their cultural and linguistic moorings will be nurtured here through a museum, art gallery, handicraft centre, auditorium, amphitheater etc.
Sindhis from all over the globe will congregate here and what Golden Temple is to the Sikhs, Jhulelal Tirathdham will be to the Sindhis. While Amritsar has a distinct Punjabi environment, Kutcch stands out as the only area in India where the majority speak one dialect or the other of Sindhi. In fact in our Census Reports, Sindhi and Kutchis have been bracketed into a common speaking language population.
This land in Kutch earmarked for Lord Jhulelal has a beautiful topography. It stands on the famous Kori Creek, a creek which flows into the Arabian Sea and brings the winds of Sindh into Kutch. (In fact, once upon a time, the Sindhu river used to end in the vicinity!). Close to the pristine white sand of the Rann of Kutch, this land boasts of a generous splash of pink color of the Flamingos who flock here in thousands and nest here during the winter months. The area also has an ancient Gurudwara where Nanak rested on his way to Mecca, the fort of Lakhpat from where Sindhis set out for trade in olden times, DhaulaVira, the ancient Harrapan Archaeological site, Wild Life Sanctuary etc. All this makes it an ideal tourist spot besides being a holy pilgrimage centre of Lord Shiva ( Koteshwar Temple ) and Lord Krishna ( Narayan Sarovar - also one of the five Sarovars mentioned in the Bhagwat
) and now Lord Jhulelal !
The project is headed by stalwarts from the Sindhi Community like Shri. Dilip Lakhi
who is not only the Chairman of the Trust but is the very soul of the project. He is a known philanthropist who has contributed generously to the Somnath and Badrinath temples besides many others. Jhulelal Tirathdham is very close to his heart and he has already given a huge amount with a commitment of more. We have on board also Mr. Harish Fabiani
(Spain), Dadi Pushpa D. Advani
(India), Mr. Lakhmi Khilani
(Sindhology, Adipur), Mr. Chandru Raheja
, Mr. Ashvin Valiram
(Malaysia), Mr. Jitu Virwani
, Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani
(India), Dr. Ram Buxani
(Dubai), Mr. Lal Hardasani
(Hongkong), Mr. Murli Odhrani
(Dubai) and many others.