Celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month, Gudi Padwa is a new year festival celebrated by the Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkan and falls just a day after Hindu’s most celebrated festival Chaitra Navaratri. The festival marks the beginning of the Hindu new year. There are several mythological stories attached to the celebration of Gudi Padwa which is also known as Yugadi or Ugadi in Karnataka and other southern states including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm, Gudi Padwa is the time when people meet their relatives and friends and wish them for the year to come.
A long bamboo, which is called ‘Gudi’ in Maharashtra, is decorated with yellow and green coloured clothes along with other items such as sugar crystals (mishri), neem leaves, twin mango leaves and some red flowers. A silver or copper pot is placed at the top of the bamboo. The bamboo stick is believed to be a symbol of victory and spiritual prosperity. The festival is also said to be lucky for Vastu Puja and opening of any new business.
Auspicious timings for Gudi Padwa:
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 08:26 am on March 28, 2017
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 05:44 am on March 29, 2017
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Spiritual significance of Gudi Padwa
The day is said to be auspicious as on this day Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya along with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana after defeating the demon on Lanka, King Ravana. People worship the Gudi (bamboo) during sunrise and should be worshiped within five to ten minutes after sunrise. Devotees also pray to Lord Surya (Sun) and chant Maha mantra’s to seek Lord’s divine and powerful blessings.
“O Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu! Please enable me with the strength to absorb the Principle of Creation and the Fire Principle present in the atmosphere. Let the Divine consciousness present in these principles be preserved constantly. Let the energy thus received, be used for my spiritual practice.”