Folk Tales of Gujarat (and Jhaverchand Meghani)

by Vandana P. Soni | 2014 | 98,532 words

This study represents an English translation of the Gujarat Folk tales composed by Gujarati poet Jhaverchand Meghani (1896-1947). Meghani was born in Chotila and left an important landmark on the history of Saurashtra and Gujarat folklore, Indian poetry, journalism and other literary sciences....

Chapter 8 - Vismada! Visamda!

Girls go for bath. Sitting together on their soles with bent knees, they sing the following song in rhythm of their clapping

Visamda! Visamda!
Vad ne vadu
Ler ne lachhu
Pot ne poli
Vat ne ghat
Sama maliya sahi na sath
Sahi valaviya sasre
Maliya ma ne bap
Jal naya mal visariya
Naya dhoya te parman 
Nay dhoy nisariya
Naya dhoya a kanthe
Ne pap saghda ole kanthe
Amabardu fofrdu
Kodi ne kothimbdu
Kodi kothimbdu raj bethu
Panchiko parmeshwer

Let’s relax…
Let us offer fried eatable made of pulses to the fence saree and blouse to the bunch of branches swinging in cool breeze
A loaf of bread to son,
Proper shape to the path,
On the way got company of a friend,
Bid farewell to a friend at her in -law’s,
Then met parents
Took bath,
The process of bath fulfilled on getting rid of dirt,
Went out to take a bath and got rid of all sins,
Took bath at one side of the river and sin flowed away on the other side of the river,
Sea shell and sour fruit,
A sea shell and a sour fruit will represent kingdom,
A small pebble will represent God.

After singing visamdo they jump and sit reverse and once again sing visamdo. Once again they jump and sing. In this way seven times they sing visamdo.

After taking bath while going home they sing a morning hymn.

Suraj ugyo re kevadiya ni fanshe
Ke valena bhale vaya re
Suta jago re…. bai na kanth
Ke vanela bhale vaya re
Lejo lejo re pambhriyu ne lota
Ke vanela bhale vaya re
Datan karjo re Tulsi ne kyare
Ke vanela bhale vaya re
Munkh lujo re pambhariyu ne chhede
Ke vanela bhale vaya re
Lejo lejo re sari ram na nam
Ke vanela bhale vaya re

The sun rises spreading its fragrance
Let the wind blow
Oh! Get up….woman’s better half
Let the wind blow
Brush your teeth near the Tulsi plant
Let the wind blow
Wipe your face with hand towel
Let the wind blow
On finishing your routine activity chant Shree Ram Nam
Let the wind blow

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