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Gudi Padwa/Ugadi

Date: 28th March, 2017

Ugadi, the festival reserved to commemorate the commencement off New Year, is a day, which is mainly celebrated in Southern states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra with huge fervor and fun. A festival that is full of elation and joy, Gudi Padwa generally falls in the month of March or April. The words “Padwa” means the first day of the bright phase of the moon. The festival also greets the spring season when nature seem to be submerged in the festive colors and fresh buds and new leaves together with soothing aroma escalates the charm of Ugadi festival.

Legends of Gudi Padwa

There are a number of legends mentioned in Hindu mythology explaining the reason to rejoice the joyous and holy festival, Gudi Padwa. It is stated in Brahma Purana that on this day Lord Brahma reconstructed the world after a destructive flood. As per other legend Gudi Padwa is celebrated to rejoice the day when Lord Rama killed Kin Vali while another mythological tale states that this day marks the starting of Satyuga. It is also the day when Lord Rama came back to Ajodhya after 14 years.

Gudi Padwa Traditions and Rituals

The Holy Bath
On Gudi Padwa all the members of family takes bath early in the morning. Before taking bath, they also apply on their whole body and after sometime, bath is taken with warm water. This process rejuvenates the entire body and augments the elasticity of the body.

Colored Rangolis on the Doorstep
People on this day prepare rangolis and decorate the entrance of the house. While bedecking the entrance of the home, red colored flowers and mango leaves are used as these are considered propitious.

Ceremonial Prayers
After the completion of home decoration, people offer traditional prayers to Lord Brahma and they made offerings to the God that includes Davna (a fragrant plant). After this, the priest performs Havan at home and during this offerings are made to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped in various forms.

Unfurling of the Gudi
Gudi is the name of Lord Brahma’s sacred flag and every year on this occasion, people to show the triumph of Lord Rama over demon king Ravana hoist Gudi. As Gudi is the sign of conquest so it is always held high. A yellow piece of cloth is tied and filled with mango leaves and red flowers as these are considered holy.

Panchang Shravan
After the unfurling of holy flag, everyone dedicatedly listens in to the directory that describes the type of events during the year. It is believed that listening to this almanac is auspicious and gives a listener the merits akin to taking a holy dip into the sacred water of Ganges River.

On Gudi Padwa, along with other offerings like honey, cumin seeds, asafetida, and gram lentil, neem tree is also offered to relatives and friends. People also visit and spend time with elder people and seek their blessings.