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 20 - Nir Jal Mas

It is the month of Jeth. Due to scorching heat one may frequently feel thirsty. In spite of this scorching heat mother has observed a ritual vow of not drinking water. What is Nirjal Mas?

Nirjal mas means mother neither eats nor drinks. If anybody will say:

Datan pani mokla.
Toj ba thi dattan karay pa6i koi kahe
Navan pani mokla
Toj ba thi nahi sakay. Koi kahe-
Aan pani mokla
Toj ba thi jami sakay.

If someone says—You are free to brush your teeth.
After that only, mother can brush her teeth.
If someone says—You are free to take bath
Only then mother could take bath.
If someone says—Now meal can be taken.
Only then mother could eat.

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