The vibrant festival of Ugadi or Gudi Padwa is just near the corner and it gets exciting each day as we move closer. Also celebrated as the Marathi New Year, this lively festival takes place on the day of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada of the Hindu lunar calendar. As per the sacred Vedic texts, it is believed to be one of the most graceful days. It is symbolised as the day when Lord Brahma fabricated the Universe. Fabulous, isn’t it!
The day of Marathi New Year marks the holy oil-bath ritual, enhancing the main entrance door with a garland of flowers, performing religious ceremonies, and hoisting Gudi. You can book an online Puja carried out by renowned Pandits to boost your home’s positive energies and bring happiness.
Gudi Padwa Celebrations 2021 Date and Time
Gudi Padwa 2021 will be celebrated on the 12th of April, after the beautiful festival of colours, Holi. It is considered as a strongly auspicious and lucky day for all. The start of Vikram Samvat falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada that is the 1st day of the Poornima fortnight. It means ‘Padwa’ in Marathi, which speaks for its name. The timing of tithi is as below:
Pratipada Tithi Starts:- 12th of April 2021, 3:30 AM
Pratipada Tithi Ends:- 13th of April 2021, 5:46 AM
Gudi Padwa Festival History And Significance
It is depicted in the Brahma Purana (a Hindu sacred script) that Lord Brahma had re-developed the entire world. This happened after a furious deluge in which time ceased and human beings got demolished. Time was reinstated on the day of Gudi Padwa, which marked the beginning of Satyug, the period of truth and fairness. Hence, people also worship Lord Brahma affectionately on this day.
One more legendary event that depicts the onset of Gudi Padwa is when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after winning over Ravana. The Lord, his wife Sita and brother Laxman were welcomed by the people in a grand ceremony. Hoisting Gudi or the ‘Brahmadhvaj’ (flag of Brahma) symbolises the crowning of Lord Rama. Hence, on this day, people hoist Gudi at the entrance door of their homes in remembrance of the triumph celebration that was done at Ayodhya. As per the texts, Lord Rama had also won over King Bali on this particular day.
Gudi Padwa comes with an added importance for the people belonging to Maharashtra state. As per the legend, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who was an honoured chief of the Maratha dynasty led the armed forces. He triumphed over the dominion of the Mughals and freed the kingdom in that region. Therefore, Gudi is also an emblem of triumph and prosperity.
To sum it up, hoisting Gudi at the door of our home neutralises any ill effects and paves the way for happiness and good luck. Business people also start any new venture on this auspicious day for maximum benefit.
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Performing Gudi Padwa Rituals - Performed With Family
- Create rangoli at the main door on this day to welcome positive energies.
- Hoist Gudi at the entrance door and offer prayers to it early in the morning after sunrise. The right side of your home’s main door is believed to be an active part of your soul, so try to place Gudi on this side.
- Embellish Gudi with yellow coloured silk embellishments, red flowers and twigs of a mango tree.
- Make the holy symbol Swastik using Vermillion or Kumkum on the Gudi.
- Lighting candles during the fest adds more grace and brilliance to the celebration.
- On the next day of Gudi Padwa, one can drink water kept in the copper vessel and place bamboo canes on top of Gudi.
- Serving water to people in need is also considered auspicious on this day.
Takeaway For The Marathi New Year
The internal core of the Sun is said to get highly active on this particular day. So during sunrise one’s body can absorb the divine consciousness coming out from the Sun and it would stay for a longer time. It gets stored in the cells of the body and is used whenever required. May this Marathi New Year bring immense joy and abundance to your lives. Happy Gudi Padwa!
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