When is Ugadi 2017: Date, Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, Mantra & Auspicious Timings of Ugadi

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Published: March 27, 2017 10:42:47 PM

Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the people of Maharashtra. Both Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are celebrated on the same day.

Ugadi, Ugadi celebration, ugadi festival, Ugadi 2017, When is Ugadi festival, ugadi festival details, Ugadi Puja Vidhi, happy ugadi, ugadi mantraUgadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the people of Maharashtra. Both Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are celebrated on the same day. (Source: Facebook)

Ugadi also known as Yugadi, which is the Telugu and Kannada new year festival, holds an important significance in southern region of the country. The festival is celebrated as the first day of the year by the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. On this day a new Samvatsara, which is a long cycle of sixty-years, starts. There is one each unique name given to all these sixty Samvatsara. Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa by the people of Maharashtra. Both Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are celebrated on the same day.

Ugadi is denoted as the New Year as per the Luni-Solar calendar, a calendar that counts the position of Moon and the Sun to divide years into months and days. The counter-part of this calendar is the Solar calendar which counts only the Sun’s position to divide the year into months and days. This is the way Hindu New Year is celebrated twice in a year at different times and with different names. Based on the Solar calendar, the Hindu New Year is known as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Bihu is Assam, Pana Sankranti in Orrisa, Naba Barsha in West Bengal and Bihu in Assam.

Puja Vidhi
The festival is celebrated with a traditional oil-bath followed by prayers. As suggested by scriptures, oil bath and eating of neem leaves are some rituals followed by the people. Though, the northern region of the country does not celebrate Ugadi, but holds a nine-day long Chaitra Navratri Puja on the same day. Even in north India, the Chaitra Navratri Puja is celebrated by eating Neem with Mishri on the very first day.

The festival is celebrated by preparing a mixture of six important elements each symbolizing a unique emotion and is consumed by the people.

Neem buds/flower -Sadness
Salt- Fear
Green chilli- Anger
Unripened Mango- Surprise
Tamarind- Disgust
Jaggery- Happiness

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Mantra
As per Hindupad.com, there is a mantra or stotram or sloka or player to chant while accepting Ugadi Pachadi (Ugadi Prasad) during the festival. It is:

“Shathayur vajradehathwam

Sarvasampad pradam thathaa !

Sarvarishta haram kurve

Nimba prathashanam shubham !!”

Auspicious timings for Ugadi Puja
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 04:53 pm on April 7, 2016
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 01:05 pm on April 8, 2016

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