Lord Jhulelal: An Analytical Study

by Thakkar Harish Gopalji | 2018 | 62,623 words

This thesis studies Lord Jhulelal, the most important deity revered by Sindhis in India and beyond. Traditional views hold Lord Jhulelal as an incarnation of Vedic Deity Varuna (the river God). Historically, Jhulelal is a binding force for the Sindhi community who had to leave Sindh during the partition of India in order to settle at distant places...

Part 5.2 - Literature Reviews (Introduction)

In addition to religious sourceShri Amar Katha–Lord Jhulelalji’, a list of some more books referred by the researcher are listed below:

1) Jai Jhulelal, Life and teachings, An Illustrated Graphic Novel, supported by Institute of Sindhology, Adipur, (Kutch), Gujarat.

2) Bharat Ekatmata Strotra,

3) Jai Jhulelal Beda E Par.

4) Dariyalal Charitra.

5) Varunavatar Dariyalal Jhulelal by Mayur.

6) Shri Uderolal Sahib, by Pandit Devadatta K. Sharma

7) We, the Sindhis, foreword by Dada J.P. Vaswani, contributors Alka Keswani and Meghraj Talreja,

8) Jhulelal Sindhu Sanskriti Ke Gaurav, by Dr. Subhash Chandra Sachdeva 'Harsha

9) Sind and The Sindhis by Sadhu T.L. Vaswani, with Foreword by Dr. C.J.

Daswani, Head of the Dept. of English, University of Poona.

Fiction:

The fictions are literary work produced as the imagination of a writer.

It may be based on some true-life incident or pure imagination. The writer could have taken inspiration from a historic event or an event that has taken place in the recent past, or even from the current situation or the circumstances prevailing at the time of writing. However, it cannot be called a true narration of the events, as it is not a documentation of the facts. At the same time, fiction may include in its contents the places, the characters, the chain of events or as solitary event which could remind the reader of such similarities.

Dariyalal by Gunvantrai Acharya:

There are two books by name ‘Dariyalal’. First, the original in Gujarati language and script. The second, a translation of the same book into English by Ms.

Kamal Sanyal keeping the title ‘Dariyalal’ unchanged. Both these books are referred to in details in the literature review in this chapter.

Bhagwan Jhulelal by Prof. Netrapal Sinh:

This is a historical novel by Prof. Netrapal Sinh. The language is Hindi, and the script is Devanagari spread over in twenty-four chapters and number of pages are two hundred eighty-seven. Lord Jhulelal is the main character of the book as the name suggests and the contents describe the life story and teachings of the deity making it an interesting reading. This book is listed in the literature review in this chapter elsewhere as well.

Government Gazetteers and records:

This part mainly consists of books which do not fall either into religious or fiction category. It consists of government records such as Gazetteers and Census reports by servants of British rulers during that period. It is noteworthy that some foreign scholars, some civil servants during British rule and Christian missionaries have mentioned about the Sea Lord with different names such as 'Child Saint', 'Uderolal' and 'Infant' (Saint) in their books which are different names of Lord Jhulelal or Uderolal. In the opinion of the researcher, these are quite important threads contributing to the research. Details of the books and authors:

1. A History of Indian Literature (Sindhi Literature) by Annemarie Schimmel

2. Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency (1904) Hindu Tribes and Castes (1879) by Rev. M.A. Sherring

3. In the land of the Sindhi and the Baluchi, A report on Catholic activities in Sind and Baluchistan by Rt. Rev. Mgr. Alcuin Van Miltenburg

4. Sufi Saints and State Power, The Pirs of Sindh (1843-1947) by Sarah F.D. Ansari

5. Gazetteer of the Province of Sind (1907), by E.H. Aitken

6. A Gazetteer of the Province of Sind by A W Hughes

The researcher would like to state here that these foreigners were good observers and sincere with their work that they have taken sufficient cognizance of the character of Lord Jhulelal (by the same or any other name) in their writings and they have clearly mentioned about him in their work.

Literary Traditions: Prose and Poetry:

Some more literary traditions are listed below:

1) Sindhi Ain Sindhyat by Ram Panjwani

2) Thakkur Guru Pugar Rai -By Thakkar Kharayati Lal, M.A. Retd. Lecturer

3) Janam Saakhi Shri Amar Uderolal Saheb -By Shri Kimatrai Tejaram Somai Thakur

4) The Sindh Story by K. R. Malkani,

5) Uderolal Sahib Katha: By Dr. B. Manghani

6) Pujya Jhulelal Janam Saakhi A Biyo Bhado Amar Vaani, Chief Editor: Vaidya Devaki Naval Rai Bachani,

7) Bhagwan Jhulelal by Prof. Netrapal Sinh, Publisher: Tilak Prakashan, Lucknow,

8) History of Sai Jhulelal: By Motilal Bhakt, Freedom Fighter

9) Aradhya Dev Varunavtar -Jai Jhulelal (Parichay Granth) by Mayur,

(A Gujarati Book)

10) Shri Uderolal jo Avatar Vathnu, writer name not found

11) Saints of Sindh by Dr. Dayal Asha P.

12) Trials and Triumphs of Sindhis, by Advani.

13) Sindhi Land of Hope and Glory by Ram Amarlal Panjwani and Savitri Kotuma Mansukhani.

14) Kalamjo Sipahi, A collection of poems in Sindhi by Goverdhan Sharma ‘Ghayal’

15) Shri Uderolal Akhyan athava Shri Amarkatha, by Haridas Maharaj and V.P. Dvivedi.

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