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On the death of father a Hindu 'gives' his hairs as a symbol of having lost the father, which is also a mundan.
The first mundan ceremony of a child is held before the family deity and a "Bhoj"(community lunch) is organized
chawanni is also used for worthless or penniless being referred as chawanni chhaap"
chawanni is often used in the context of one who have no money e.g. "is kee jeb men to ek chawanni bhi nahin (He does'nt hav even a chawanni in his pocket.
In Rajasthaan they also call it "pavlee" and use the term in a more positive sense; e.g., arre bhai iski to yahan pawli chalti hai - means "
this man carries lot of weight (imfluence) here."
Thus chavanni is part of our folklore and in a way culture too. It is ridiculous that 25 paise coin or the chawanni of common man has been taken out of the coin currency portfolio of Indian coins by our Government. As currency, this has been removed from service. Sadly, one wonders how the aam admi (common man) is going to offer savaa rupaiya to Ganeshji or other deities in the absence of this darling of masses called a "chawanni" or a "pavlee".