It's time to be in full spirits and to turn up with your best self, as Gudi Padwa is round the corner. Yes, we are talking about Gudi Padwa or the Marathi New Year, the vibrant festival that falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā, the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. According to the Vedic texts, it is considered the most powerful day of the year as Lord Brahmā created the Universe. Gudi Padwa or Marathi New Year is celebrated with an auspicious oil bath ceremony, followed by decorating the main door with a garland, performing rituals and hoisting flag known as Gudi. Come on, let’s rock Gudi Padwa 2018 with enthusiasm, colour, and devotion.
Gudi Padwa Festival 2018 Date & Muhurat
Gudi Padwa 2018 falls on 18th March. Gudi Padwa falls around 15 days after Holi. There is no specific Shubh Muhurat for Gudi Padwa. The entire day is auspicious and lucky.
Vikram Samvat begins on the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the full moon fortnight, which, in Marathi, is known as “Padwa”. If Chaitra Shukla Pratipada exists on the sunrises of two consecutive days, the first day is considered for Gudi Padwa celebration.
Gudi Padwa Rituals:
- Prepare a rangoli at the entrance due to Gudi Padwa festival
- Hoist the flag “Gudi” and worship it within 5 to 10 minutes after the sunrise.
- Hoist the Gudi at the main entrance of your home. Place the Gudi on the right side of your main door, which is considered the active part of your soul.
- Place yellow silk adornments along with red flowers and mango tree twigs on the Gudi.
- Mark the auspicious Swastika with turmeric powder and vermillion.
- Light candles during Gudi Padwa festival.
- On the next day, drink the water from the copper pot, kept the bamboo sticks at the top of the Gudi. Since it is believed that the inner side of the Sun gets extremely active on the day of Gudi Padwa-Marathi New Year. The Divine consciousness, transmitted through frequencies at the time of sunrise, lasts long for the day. It is stored in the cells of an individual and is consumed later.
- Serve water to the needy people.
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Spiritual And Cultural Significance Of Gudi Padwa Or Marathi New Year
- It’s believed that our universe has been created by Lord Brahma on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa celebration, that indicates the end of winter and the arrival of summer.
- The day is considered the victorious day in Ancient India when Satavahana King Gautamiputra Satakarni defeated the Sakas.
- Some people in Maharashtra also hoist the flag to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
- Gudi Padwa-Marathi New Year also marks the end of the winter crop season and the beginning of the summer harvest season. Farmers in especially in Maharashtra plough their agricultural lands on this auspicious day - of Gudi Padwa-Marathi New Year to ensure a good harvest throughout the year.
- Gudi Padwa Celebration-Marathi New Year Benefits
- It is believed that the hoisting of Gudi brings good luck and prosperity in life.
- It is believed that neem leaves on Gudi Padwa celebration-Marathi New Year purifies the blood and increases immunity. It brings natural freshness and nourishes your skin thereby enhancing healthy glow.
- You can invigorate your masculine consciousness with clean and pure soul.
- Gudi Padwa celebration on Marathi New Year is considered very auspicious to initiate new venture.
- If you do any new work or welcome any new furniture to your home or invest in a particular fund during Gudi Padwa celebration, it’s believed that it will give you positive results.
- It’s a great day for the farmers as Gudi Padwa celebration is considered the harvest festival. So, if you are planning on buying new seasonal fruits and vegetables, just go for it. It will give you a good health.
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Gudi Padwa Celebration:
- First, apply ayurvedic oil bath or massage therapy to nourish and revitalize your body in the early morning.
- Next, hoist the flag or ‘Gudi’ at the entrance of your home during the sunrise.
- Now, worship the hoisted flag just after the sunrise.
- Then, clean every nook and corner of your home.
- Prepare beautiful Rangoli with bright colours such as red, orange and yellow. Gudi Padwa celebration will not be complete without a vibrant Rangoli decoration.
- Decorate your entrance, living room and bathroom with Neem leaves and marigold flowers.
- Get dressed up in Gudi Padwa special attire. For women, wear Nauvari-a traditional a nine-yard Marathi style saree tucked at the back whereas men should wear Kurta Pajama along with a saffron turban during the auspicious Gudi Padwa celebration.
- Gather your family and relatives on the occasion of Gudi Padwa-Marathi New Year.
- Greet “Wish you a Happy Gudi Padwa 2018” or “Best Wishes for Gudi Padwa” to everyone.
- Bring Gudi Padwa special Marathi New Year Almanac or Panchang.
- Take Gudi Padwa special Neem leaves as Prasad.
- Prepare delicacies like Gudi Padwa special Sabudana Vada, Gudi Padwa special Shrikhand, Gudi Padwa special Puran Poli and Gudi Padwa special Kheer.
- Perform Gudi Padwa special Lezim dance on Gudi Padwa 2018-Marathi New Year.
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|Gudhi Padva (Guḍhī 1yy)|
A Gudi Padwa new year festive procession in Maharashtra
|Official name||Gudhi Padva|
|Observed by||Mahasrashtra Hindus|
|Begins||Chaitra Shuddha Padyami|
|Date||March / April|
|2017 date||Tues, 28 March|
|2018 date||Sun, 18 March|
|Related to||Ugadi and other Hindu new year festivals|
Gudhi Padva (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा, IAST: Guḍhī Pāḍavā) is a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year for Marathi Hindus. It is celebrated in and near Maharashtra on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New year according to the lunisolarHindu calendar. The word पाडवा (pāḍavā) or पाडवो (pāḍavo) or पड्ड्वा/पाड्ड्वो (pāḍḍavā/pāḍḍavo) comes from the Sanskrit word प्रतिपद (pratipada) or प्रतिपदा (pratipadā) in Sanskrit, which refers to the first day of a lunar fortnight. The festival is observed with colorful floor decorations called rangoli, a special Gudhi flag (garlanded with flowers, mango and neem leaves, topped with upturned silver or copper vessel), street processions, dancing and festive foods.
In south India, first day of the bright phase of the moon is called pāḍya (Kannada: ಪಾಡ್ಯ; Telugu: పాడ్యమి, paadyami; Konkani: पाड्यॆ, ಪಾಡ್ಯ). Konkani Hindus variously refer to the day as संसर पाडवो or संसर पाड्यॆ (saṁsāra pāḍavo / saṁsāra pāḍye), संसार (saṁsāra) being a corruption of the word संवत्सर (saṁvatsara). Telugu Hindus celebrate the same occasion as Ugadi, while Konkani and Kannada Hindus in Karnataka refer to it as युगादि, ಯುಗಾದಿ (yugādi). The same new year festival is known by other names in different regions of the Indian subcontinent. However, this is not the universal new year for all Hindus. For some, such as those in and near Gujarat, the new year festivities coincide with the five day Diwali festival. For many others, the new year falls on Vaisakhi between April 13 to 15, according to the solar cycle part of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, and this is by far the most popular not only among Hindus of the Indian subcontinent but also among Buddhists and Hindus in many parts of southeast Asia.
The Sindhi community celebrates this day as Cheti Chand as the new year and observed as the emergence day of Lord Jholelaal. Prayers are offered to Lord Jholelaal and the festival is celebrated by making delicacies like Tehri (sweet rice) and Saai Bhaaji (Palak made in dal).
Gudi means flag, erect flag on the houses as part of celebration in Maharashtra where its mainly celebrated. The word pāḍavā is derived from the Sanskrit word pratipad for the first day of each fortnight in a lunar month i.e. the first day on which the moon appears after the so-called "new moon" day (amāvāsya) and the first day after the full moon. A Gudhi is also hoisted on this occasion giving this festival its name. The term padva or padavo is also associated with balipratipad the third day of Diwali which is another celebration that comes at the end of the harvesting season.
See also: Balipratipada
Gudi Padva signifies the arrival of spring and to the reaping of Rabi crops.
The festival is linked to the mythical day on which Hindu god Brahma created time and universe. To some, it commemorates the coronation of Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over evil Ravana, or alternatively the start of Shalivahan calendar after he defeated the Huns invasion in the 1st century.
According to Anne Feldhaus, in rural Maharashtra the festival is linked to Shiva's dance and coming together of the community as they carry the Gudhi Kavads together to a Shiva temple.
A notable sight during Gudi Padwa are the numerous Gudi (or Gudhi) arrangements at every household. It is a bright colorful silk scarf-like cloth tied at the top of a long bamboo. On top of it, one or more boughs of neem leaves and mango leaves are attached along with a garland of flowers. This arrangement is capped with a silver, bronze or copper pot (handi or kalash) signifying victory or achievement. The whole arrangement is hoisted outside each household, typically to the right, or through a window or terrace. It is visible to everybody. Villages or neighborhoods also come together and host a community Gudhi Kavad, which they carry together to the local Shiva temple. Some temples are located on the top of hills, and groups work together to help reach the kavad to the top.
Some of the significances attributed to raising a Gudhi are as follows:
- It symbolizes the victory of King Shalivahana over Sakas and was hoisted by his people when he returned to Paithan.
- Gudhi symbolizes the Brahmadhvaj (translation: Brahma’s flag) mentioned in the Brahma Purana, because Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. It may also represent Indradhvaj (translation: the flag of Indra).
- Historically, the Gudhi symbolizes Lord Rama’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravana. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudhi (flag). It is believed that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the coronation of Rama post his return to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile. So, people celebrated victory of lord Rama every year by raising Gudhi. Gudhi is symbol of victory of lord Rama
- Gudhi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.
On the festive day, courtyards in village houses will be swept clean and plastered with fresh cow-dung. Even in the city, people take the time out to do some spring cleaning. Women and children work on intricate rangoli designs on their doorsteps, the vibrant colours mirroring the burst of colour associated with spring. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and it is a time for family gatherings.
Traditionally, families prepare a special dish that mixes various flavors, particularly the bitter leaves of the neem tree and sweet jaggery (gur, gul). Additional ingredients include sour tamarind and astringent dhane seeds. This, like the pacchadi recipe used in Ugadi festival, is eaten as a reminder of life's sweet and bitter experiences, as well as a belief that the neem-based mixture has health benefits.
Maharashtrian families also make many other festive dishes, such as shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli on this day.
Guḍhī Pāḍavā in other languages, states and people
Known as Guḍhī Pāḍavā ("Gudhee Paadavaa") in Maharashtra, this festival is also known as
In other parts of India this festival is celebrated during
It is also celebrated in the North-East state of Manipur as Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba. People prepare a variety of food and cuisine on this day and later climb the hillocks in the evening.
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