Tirath means a holy place. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “tirtha, in Hinduism, a holy river, mountain, or other place made sacred through association with a deity or saint. The word tirtha means literally ‘river ford’ and, by extension, a sacred spot.”
Since the Sindhi community no longer has its state of Sindh, as a part of India, the closest association to a Tirath spot, had to be found. A land with such religious, sentimental and practical significance where the Sindhi community can perform their religious duties and where we could preserve the various aspects of Sindhi culture.
Every community / cult / religion around the world has a Tirath place, for example, Vaishnodevi Temple in North India, Tirupati Temple in South India, Golden Temple of Sikhs, Jerusalem of Christianity, Mecca of Islam, Parthenon of the Greeks, etc.
Jhulelal Tirathdham is this tirath dham (holy place) for all Sindhis. It is being built in an area that is regarded as one of the holiest in India. Amongst various other things, this area also has a very high Sindhi language speaking population, has proximity to Sindh, and is a place where the “Sindhu nadi”, or the river of Sindh (Indus river) used to end, once upon a time.
According to Wikipedia, “There is also evidence of a steady shift in the course of the river since prehistoric times – it deviated westwards from flowing into the Rann of Kutch and adjoining Banni grasslands after the 1816 earthquake.”
The area where the Indus river used to end – for centuries, definitely has a mamoth significance to the community that worships the Sea God (Jhulelal) of this river. This place is the perfect place to create a true Tirathdham for all Sindhi’s to offer prayers, strengthen their beliefs and be united as one prosperous community as they once used to be!