A Brief Explanation of 15 Chantas
Our human weakness is such that from time to time we tend to forget the religious and moral laws that are ordained upon us and fall into committing sins. These sins retard our spiritual progress and become obstacles in achieving salvation. Repentance is therefore prescribed so that when one seeks forgiveness in earnest, one can have his sins forgiven. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
Say: O My servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah; for Allah forgives all sins; for He is oft forgiving, most merciful. Turn ye to the Lord (in repentance) and bow to His will before the penalty comes to you; after that ye shall not be helped."
[Sura 39: 53-54]
When we do Tauba (Dua Karavi) before Mukhi-Kamadia Sahibs or take Chanta on Chandraat we seek forgiveness of our daily sins. However, because we perform these acts regularly, the seriousness of this ceremony is sometimes lost.
Once a year the need for repentance and the seriousness that is required is brought to our mind by the special Chantas which are offered on the occasion of Lail-tul-Qadra. Fortunately, on this Night of Power, through the grace of Hazar Imam, we also have the opportunity to take Chanta for relief from obstacles other than our daily sins. In total, one has the opportunity to take 15 Chantas. An understanding of the meaning and significance will help us benefit most from this once a year opportunity to cleanse our soul. The following is a brief explanation of 15 Chantas.