A traditional annual celebration in honor of Lord Jambeshwar is still observed on the first night of the new moon in the month of Chetry. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage to the remote desert village to drink the salty water from the sacred source, believing it will cleanse them of all their sins.
The 29 rules are divided into:
· Rules about protecting the animals and the trees (these include the interdiction of killing animals, protecting any type of life and the interdiction of cutting trees)
· Rules about social behavior – amongst others, the Bishnois have to be pure, not to lie and not to criticize others;
· Rules about personal hygiene and health – Bishnois have to drink only filtered water and to bathe daily. Furthermore, they mustn’t smoke, drink alcohol or eat meat
· Rules about spiritual life – they have to practice havan, of which they say it helps clean and make the environment pure fast
They changed too but for better!
A major change which happened in the psyche of the Bishnois is their shift from passive conservation to active conservation. Once upon a time they were content laying down their lives.