Sunday, April 06, 2008

Happy Gudi Padwa 2008

Wish you all a very very happy and prosperous New Year!!
Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year's Day by Maharashtrians .
This is also first day of Marathi Calendar. This festival is supposed to mark the beginning of Vasant (spring). According to the
Gregorian calendar this would fall sometime at the end of March and the beginning of April. According to the Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world after the deluge and time began to tick from this day forth. This is one of the 3 and a half days in the Indian Lunar calendar, whose every moment is considered auspicious.

While the people of Maharashtra use the term Gudhi Padwa for this festival and the Konkanis use Sanvsar Padvo (sanvsar derived from samvatsar meaning year) the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka term the same festival, observed on the same day, Ugadi. The Sindhi festival of Cheti Chand is celebrated same day.
Gudhi Padwa is especially dedicated to the worship of Lord Brahma. Many legend states that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Rama over Ravana.
Some Maharashtrians see the gudhi as a symbol of victory associated with the conquests of the
Maratha forces lead by the great hero Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Gudhi is also displayed as they are expected to ward off evil and invite prosperity and good luck into the house.

The gudhi, Brahma’s flag (Brahmadhvaj) is hoisted in every house as a symbolic representation of Rama’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravan. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudhi (flag).

A bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) is tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. This is then hoisted by placing a silver or copper pot placed in the inverted position over it. Beautiful designs with special powder of soft, white stone (rangolis) are drawn on the floor in front of it. Everyone eagerly waits to usher in the new year. Then uttering meaning, ‘I offer obeisance to the flag of Lord Brahma’ one should ritualistically worship the gudhi with a resolve. Since Lord Brahma created the universe on this day, this flag is called ‘the flag of Brahma’ (Brahmadhvaj) in the scriptures.
Some also refer to it as ‘the flag of Indra’ (Indradhvaj). On Gudhi Padwa, you will find gudhi hoisted out of window or otherwise prominently displayed in traditional Maharashtrian households.
Info Credits: Wikipedia


KayKat said...

Happy New Year to you too! Is there some story/significance to that display? :)

Vani said...

So nice to read about the meaning and traditions behind Gudi Padwa! I did not know about the Brahmadwaj. Nice post. Happy Gudi Padwa!

Cham said...

Happy New year, nice to know about the tradition . Thanks 2 share with us.

Giftex Blog Admin said...

hi Anupama ,

we had a blast on gudi padwa!!!i tasted konkani recipes.