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 18 - Gana Gor

On the bright half of the lunar month virgins wishing to get a virtuous husband observe this religious vow.

A mother of the observer of a ritual prepares sweet dish made of wheat flour. The fried sweet item which mother prepare is known as Gana.

At Goddess Parvati’s temple each unmarried girl offers two sakarpara. They offer nagliyo (hardo) made of cotton.

They apply kumkum and then they sing:

Goriya goriya madi
Ughado kamadi
Pelda por ma gor ma poojana
Pooji te arji ne
Paccha te vali vali avo re goriya ma
Fari karu sangarji re.

Mother Goddess Parvati
Open the door
Goddess is worshipped early at the dawn
Along with the worship, there is one request.
Come again and again goddess
Once again I will decorate you.

Oh Goddess mother! Please give, I shall decorate you once again.

Mother Goddess say: ‘I want an ornament which is worn on the major toe. I want a pendant and other ornaments made of gold.’

Anjra soi
Mare panjra soi
Mare vicchde man mohiya re
Vicchida na adiya dadiya
Sona na madadiya
Sona na madadiya ne su karu
Mare nadiye nava javu ji re
Agariye ghughaiye
Goriya sangari
Bape beti khole besadi
Kiyo var, kiyo var
Kiyo var gamshe?
Ishwar ne gher rani parvati ramshe
Chhothle chh mash mari ankh dukhshe
Pata pindi kon karshe?
Adhiyaru na dhotiya potiya
Chhokra re dhoshe
Gor mani chhedi pacchedi
Chhokariyu re dhoshe

Pay it,
Return it with interest.
Toe ring has fascinated me
I will have pendant made of gold
I love to have toe rings.
What shall I do with pendants of gold?
I want to take
Goddess has been decorated with an ornamental small hallow metallic ball
Father made daughter sit in the lap.
Which type of husband you would like?
At God’s place Parvati will play.
After four to six months my eyes will pain.
Who will nurse me?
Boys will was clothes of a teacher.
Goddess clothes will be washed by daughter.

By making daughter sit in the lap; father asks daughter about her choice of husband. At the same time expressing his grief of bidding farewell to beloved daughter he says ‘who will nurse me in your absence if my eyes will pain after four or six months?’

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