Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa is the name of the new year festival celebrated in Maharashtra. New Year is celebrated on the same day in Karnataka and Andra Pradesh with the name Ugadi.

It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra to mark the beginning of the new year. According to Brahma Purana, Brahma created the world on this day. This also marks the start of the spring season.

In Maharashtra, people place a silver or copper pot on a stick and adorn it with a zari bordered yellow cloth, neem leaves and flowers, outside the window. This is called a Gudi. This ritual was started by Shivaji Maharaj. It is also a symbol of victory associated with all wars fought by him.

On this day, houses are cleaned and rangolis are designed outside the doors. Doors are also decorated with garlands of marigold flowers and neem leaves. Everyone wears new clothes and performs pooja of the Panchang(hindu calendar/almanac). After pooja, a prasad of neem flowers mixed with jaggery is distributed. The sweet bitter taste symbolizes the good and bad times coming in the next year. Maharashtrians celebrate with shrikhand puri and in south Obattu (puran poli) is prepared.

In Marathi the greeting is 'Gudi Padvachya hardik shubhechha'.
In Kannada the greeting is ' Ugadi habbada shubhashayagalu'
In Telegu the greeting is 'Ugadi subhakankshalu'

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