Gudi Padwa – The Maharashtrian New Year
Importance of Gudi Padwa
Gudi : a copper, brass or silver pot or “kalash” is turned upside down, and is hung on a bamboo stick and covered with a bright red colored cloth. Colored garlands made of sugary and sweet “batasha” or candy, neem and mango leaves, orange and yellow marigold flowers are also hung with it.
Padwa : comes from the Sanskrit word Pradurbhu meaning first day of a lunar month.
Why do we celebrate Gudi Padwa?
Gudi Padwa is celebrated around March and April. This signals the beginning of a new year, according to the Hindu calendar.
It was believed that on this day, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja had returned triumphant after defeating his enemies in war. The gudi marked his victory.
According to Hindu sacred books, Gudi Padwa is the day Lord Brahma, who created the Universe, decided to start life on Earth.
Gudi Padwa is also the day when Lord Rama returned victorious to Ayodhya.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated under different names in the other states of India. In West Bengal it is called Poila Baishakh; Nau Roz in Kashmir; Goru Bihu in Assam; Vishu in Kerala etc. In Punjab, people celebrate Baisakhi by dancing the bhangra and giddha to the dhol.
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