Lord Jhulelal

Jhulelal, Dariyalal or Zinda Pir refers to two interwoven legends in the Sindh, now Pakistan, which bring together the Hindu and the Islamic traditions of the region in popular folklore.In India,Gujarat,there is famous temple Jhulelal Mandir Ndiad.

The name refers to the Ishta Dev (community God) of Sindhi people. Sindhi Hindus regard him to be an incarnation of Hindu God Varuna. He lived around the 10th Century A.D.

The name also refers to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a Sufi saint. The origin of this connection is disputed. Some theories suggest he is seen as a personification of the Hindu river god while others believe that the association marks the worship of Hinduism by Muslims and vice versa. It is also held that Shahbaz Qalandar was the incarnation of Bhartá¹›hari.

Jhulelal is the Ishta Dev (community God) of Sindhi people. Jhulelal continues to be the unifying force and the centre of all cultural activities of the Sindhi community. The word Sindhi is derived from the River Sindhu (now River Indus in Pakistan)." When Sindhi men venture out to sea their women pray to him for their safe return. They offer the Lord a prasad of akha, a sweet made from rice, ghee, sugar and flour. Sindhis all over the world greet each other with the words, "Jhulelal Bera-Hee-Paar".

Hindu Sindhis also wrote a modified prayer, "O Lal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bala Jhule lalan....." to praise this God. This poem was adapted from Sufi Saint Baba Bulleh Shah in honour of the most revered Sufi Saint of Sindh, Shahbaz Qalandar of Sehwan Sharif, near Larkana, Pakistan, who worked for Hindu-Muslim unity in Sindh.

The shrine in Sehwan, of Jhule Laal around his tomb, was built in 1356. Thousands of devotees visit the tomb particularly every Thursday and at the annual Urs celebrations are held on the 8 Shahban - the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.