This year the festival of gudi padwa will be celebrated on 21st March 2015 i.e. on Saturday. This festival is considered to be the day from which the New Year actually starts. This festival is generally celebrated by the Maharashtrians. This festival is also known from the other name Samvatsar Padvo. The Konkanis also celebrate this festival with full joy and harmony. It is believed, that from this day itself new Samvatsara starts which is considered to be the cycle of sixty years. The people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka celebrate this festival with name of Ugadi.
According to the Luni Solar Calendar the Gudi Padwa is considered to be the New Year. This calendar considers the position of Sun and the position of the Moon in order to divide the year into months and days. Therefore, accordingly the day of Gudi Padwa comes from which the New Year starts. Because of this calendar only the Hindu New Year is being celebrated twice in a year with the different names. According to the solar calendar the Hindu New Year is known as Puthandu in the regions like Bihu and Tamil Nadu, Vaisakhi in the region of Punjab, Pana Sankranti in the region of Orissa and Naba Barsha in the region of West Bengal.
There is a proper method that is being followed for raising the Gudi at home. The main thing that should be kept in mind is that the Gudi should be raised next to the main entrance of the house. The place where Gudi is kept should be at the right side of entrance. Before raising the Gudi the place should be cleaned properly and then the Swastik needs to be drawn with turmeric and vermilion. Afterwards, when the Gudi is being raised the Shiv Shakti principles should be invoked. This makes the Gudi to accept all the divine principles. The Gudi refers to particular part of the body of human being i.e. Sushumna Nadi. The Gudi should be raised properly and should be tilted at particular angle.
On this day people start their day by taking the oil bath in early morning. Before going to the puja room it is said that one should take the oil bath and should eat the neem leaves in order to purify themselves. Afterwards, the puja is being offered to the deity. The people who are living in the region of North India do not celebrate the festival of Gudi Padwa but observe the nine days fast of Chaitra Navratri and eat the mixture of Neem leaves and Mishri on the first day of the Navratri.
Category: Festival 2015
Created: Wednesday, January 21 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar