News Bureau – Simran Chugh
Gudi Padwa is the first Holy Festival which marks the new beginning of a New Year and New Day according to the Hindu/Lunar Calendar or Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. In the year 2017, this occasion is being celebrated on 28th March.
This festival is known as Gudhi Padwa (Maharashtra), Ugadi (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh). In other parts of the country it is celebrated during Nau Roz (Kashmir), Baisakhi (Punjab), Cheti Chand (Sindhi), Naba Barsha (Bengal), Goru Bihu (Assam), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu) and Vishu (Kerala). Therefore, for Hindus, this day carries special importance. The day is celebrated with an auspicious bath, followed by decorating the doorway with a ‘toran’, performing ritualistic worship and hoisting the Gudhi.
The reason behind this day is that Shri Brahma created the universe and the Satyayug began, it marks the commencement of the New Year.
On Gudi Padwa, the waves consisting of the fire principle (Tej tatva) and the creative Prajapati waves are activated on a large scale. The Divine consciousness is emitted during the sunrise. This consciousness is stored in the body cells and is being used as required. Hence it is said that the Gudi should be worshipped within 5-10 minutes after sunrise.
The festival begins on a bittersweet note — with the eating of a specific mixture called Bevu-Bella consisting Neem and Jaggery. It symbolises that life is a mixture of both good and bad, Happiness and Sorrow. It teaches us that we must accept both happiness and sorrow with equal openness.
Traditionally, Maharashtrian make and eat Sakkar Bhaat (sweet rice), Shrikhand and Puri and Puran Poli on this day. The Konkanis make Kanangachi Kheer which is a sweet dish made of sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery and rice.
The day is also believed to be auspicious for ‘vaastu puja’ and for beginning new business ventures. On this day, several processions are also taken out.