Gudi Padwa

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History of Gudi Padwa

In the Brahma Purana, it has been written that it was on this day Lord Brahma recreated the world after it was devastated. It is also believed that on this day, King Vali was killed by SriRama and also the day when Shri Rama returned to Ayodhya victorious. This is the reason why the festival is celebrated grandly. Image Courtesy: www.3.bp.blogspot.com

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History of Gudi Padwa
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Auspicious Day

Gudi Padwa is considered a very auspicious day. New ventures are begun, house-warming poojas are performed, and people also may choose to buy gold, silver or property on this day.

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Auspicious Day
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New Year Celebration

This festival marks the beginning of New Year in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka. This festival is known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Even Sindhis celebrate a festival on the same day as Gudhi Padwa and it is known as Cheti Chand.

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New Year Celebration
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The Gudi

Gudi, meaning Brahma's flag, is hoisted as a symbol of victory of good over evil. It is made by tying a bright green or yellow cloth with zari to a long bamboo. Over the cloth, gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed over it in inverted position. The Gudi is hoisted on the window or the gate. It is worshiped by offering prayers, to this flag of Lord Brahma. Gudi's are displayed as it is expected to ward off evil and invite prosperity and good luck into the house. Image Courtesy: www.itslife.in

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The Gudi
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Padwa

There is a theory that the word 'padwa' might have its roots in the Sanskrit word 'Pradurbhu’, meaning crop The word 'padwa' as used means 'New Year' it is celebrated at the end of the Rabi season. Image Courtesy: www.islandbreath.org

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Padwa
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Method of raising the Gudi

The spot selected should be on the right side (when sighted from inside the house) of the entrance. The right side symbolizes active state of the soul or place of the heart. The place for raising the Gudi should be cleaned and a rangoli should be drawn on the ground. Turmeric and Haldi-kumkum should be offered. Image Courtesy: www.dandiyazone.com

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Method of raising the Gudi
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Science of worshiping the Gudi

On Gudi Padwa, the Gudi should be worshipped within 5 to 10 minutes of sunrise. This is a time of the year when the sun's rays increase in intensity day by day, going from mellow to hot. The crops have been harvested and the fruits of the harvest are making their way to the marketplaces. Everything is fresh and new. It looks and smells like spring.' Image Courtesy: www.assets.knowledge.allianz.com

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Science of worshiping the Gudi
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The Festival

On the festive day, people clean their houses. Women and children work on rangoli on the doorsteps. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and it is a time for family gatherings. Special food like shrikhand - poori is prepared for this festival. The prasad of Ugadi / Gudi Padwa is the bitter leaves of the neem tree with jaggery. Sometimes a paste of neem leaves mixed with ajwain, gul, tamarind and jaggery is consumed. It is believed that eating this purifies the blood and strengthen the body's immune system.

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The Festival
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