Gujarati New Year or Bestu Varas Date, Story, and Significance
Diwali in Gujarat is considered to mark the arrival of the new year. Gujarati New Year is a festival celebrated with great joy, gaiety, and enthusiasm throughout the state of Gujarat. Gujarati New Year is a festival celebrated only a day after Diwali. This year Gujarati New Year will be celebrated on 26 October 2022, Wednesday. According to the Hindu calendar, it occurs on the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik. According to the Indian calendar based on the lunar cycle, Kartik is the first month of the year and the new year in Gujarat falls on the first day of Kartik (Ekam). So, this day also marks the beginning of its new financial year. In some parts of India, New Year's festivities begin around spring.
Importance of Gujarati New Year
Gujarati New Year celebrations are a festival of wearing new clothes, visiting temples, and friends and relatives. People greet each other and exchange New Year wishes with words like Sal Mubarak or Nutan Varsha Abhinandan.
Other aspects of the celebrations include the sumptuous, beautifully decorated house and all kinds of joys and festivities in and around it. The women of the house prepare delicious sweets and snacks which are distributed among all the neighbors.
New Year is considered an auspicious day in Gujarat. On this day people close their old account books and open new account books. These account books, known as Chopra, are worshiped and marked with certain auspicious symbols, followed by prayers for a profitable financial year.
To mark this day, traders close their old ledgers a day before and open new ones. They depict the holy swastika symbol and write auspicious benefits on it. On this occasion, people worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, the goddess of learning.
It is a day to forget the past, clear all misunderstandings, and welcome new beginnings in an auspicious way.
Story of Bestu Varas
The Bestu Varas is related to Lord Shri Krishna. According to mythology, Lord Krishna spent his formative years in Braj and raised questions about the offerings made to Lord Indra. Lord Krishna always hated appeasement, while encouraging people to do what was approved and right by religion. As a result, the local people stopped offering offerings to Lord Indra. But to avenge this insult, Lord Indra lashed the Braj region with torrential rain and thunder. This resulted in the loss of life and property and also the loss of animals.
To end this suffering, Lord Krishna raised the Govardhan hill on his little finger and provided shelter to humans and animals. Devraj Indra continued this for seven days and on the eighth day, he gave up and bowed before Lord Krishna. Thus began the tradition of worshiping Govardhan Parvat on this day.
Diwali is celebrated all over the country, it has different significance everywhere. But, in Gujarat, Diwali is considered to be the symbol of the new year. To know more about the importance of this new year, you should talk to astrologers.