Gudi Padwa is the festival that enhances the Hindu new year and is celebrated on the first day of the Indian month of Chaita according to the lunar calendar. Most of the Indian festivals have a notable and fascinating Chronicle and it is spellbinding to see the manner in which they are celebrated. This Maharashtrian festival is also no exception and provides you with many tales and events related to it. Gudi Padwa is also know as Ugadi in the Indian state of Karnataka, this is a festival, which is not only filled with vibrance and colours that is visually delightful.
The day, begins with the following ritual showers (oil bath) followed by pooja to god and Panchanga Shravana. Houses are decorated with Mango Leaves and Rangoli and everyone in the family wear new clothes and celebrate the festival by wishing each other New year greetings.
The special mixture consists of:
Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness
Jaggery which is sweet, signifying Happiness
I would like share some of the interesting stories that show the culture and traditions of Gudi Padwa. This is a celebration of the victory march of Shivaji Maharaja the veteran Maratha leader. The festival is celebrated in honour of this great king who had a kingdom that spread across the entire part of western India. This is the reason people worship the gudi which is a cloth which flies like a flag that is usually a sign of victory in an army.
Position of the Gudi : Care should be taken to raise the Gudi next to the main entrance of the house. The spot selected should be on the right side of the entrance(when facing outwards from the entrance of the home). The right side symbolizes the active state of the soul.