Gudi Padwa 2019 : Know what is Gudi Padwa and why it is celebrated

Gudi padwa is an Indian traditional new year festival of Marathi and Konkani Hindus in Maharashtra. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Calendar month Chaitra. It marks the beginning of the Marathi New Year. This festival is celebrated as Ugadi by Telugu Hindus, Konkani and Kannada Hindus in Karnataka. This Festival is known with different names in different regions of India. This festival comes on the same day as Cheti Chand, the emergence day of Lord Jhuelal ,which is celebrated by the Sindhi community in India.

Gudi padwa signifies the arrival of spring. On Gudi Padwa, a special Gudi is erected from Windows or roof oh the house. Gudi consists of a silk banner/saree with a garland of flowers and Neem leaves. On the top of Gudi there is an upturned drinking pot. The Gudi symbolizes the flag of Brahma as mentioned in the ancient Hindu text- Brahma Purana. According to the religious belief Brahma created the time and the universe on this day. Some people observe this day as the day of coronation of Lord Rama in Ayodhya after slaying Ravana and completing his 14 years of exile. The Gudi also symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama.

Apart from this, the great mathematician Bhaskaracharya composed the 'Panchang' while calculating the day, month and year from sunrise to sunset on this day.

On this festive day, peole clean thier houses. Women makes beautiful Rangoli in front of their houses. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and visit family and friends. Families prepare different special dishes. In Maharashtra, on this day, sweet dishes like Puran Poli and Shrikhand is made. Puran poli consists of the ingredients like Gud(Jaggery), Imli(Tamarind) which is good for health. In Ugadi, pacchadi recipe is prepared.

This festival is celebrated in different way in different areas but with same enthusiasm!!!!

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