Gudi Padwa is one of the most celebrated festivals in the state of Maharashtra. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra Month and is considered the beginning of the New Year according to the Luni solar Hindu Calendar. While Gudi Padwa is dominantely celebrated in Maharashtra, the festival goes by various names in the country. It goes by the name Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh, Yugadi in Karnataka and Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba in Manipur.
The Significance of Gudi Padwa
Gudi Padwa has more than just one particular significance, different people go by different beliefs
– According to Brahma Purana, It is said that Gudi Padwa is the day when Brahma created the world and time, thereby marking the onset of the Vikram Calendar.
– According to Marathi Legends, Gudi Padwa is Maharashtrain Warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s brain child. It was celebrated as a symbol of triumph achieved on the battle field.
– According to Mythology, Gudi Padwa is celebrated as Rama’s victory after defeating Ravana and returning to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
How do people celebrate Gudi Padwa
– People celebrate Gudi Padwa by waking up early in the morning. They start their day by chewing neem leaves on an empty stomach, which is said to purify their blood and strengthen the body.
– People decorate a stick with a bright cloth, neem leaves and garlands and hang it outside their home, which helps keep bad vibes and negative energies away.
– Gudi Padwa, is considered as an auspicious day and therefore most people buy new things or invest their money on this day.
– A pletora of sweet dishes are prepared such as sweet pongali, nivvi undalu, vadai, perugu garelu, rava kesari, bobbatlu, katte pongali,appalu, paramannam, etc. Shrikhand is one of the most popular dishes prepared on this day.