What Is Gudi? Gudi Padwa Significance
Shukla Pratipada of Chaitra month is known as Gudi Padwa or Varsha Pratipada or Ugadi. It is believed that the Hindu New Year begins on this date. 'Gudi' means victory flag, while 'Yugadi' is made up of the words 'Yuga' and 'Adi'. Gudi Padwa is also known as Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada. It is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month. In this way, the Hindu New Year begins. The Navratras that fall in the month of Chaitra are called Vasantik Navratras, and Gudi Padwa coincides with them. Will tell about different types of traditions, importance, and customs related to the Gudi Padwa festival.
Gudi Padwa Significance
According to a religious belief, on this day Lord Brahma created the universe, hence Gudi Padwa is also called 'Nav Samvatsar'. Apart from this, the great mathematician Bhaskaracharya had also composed 'Panchang' on this date, calculating the day, month, and year from sunrise to sunset. A special type of Prasad is distributed in Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of 'Gudi Padwa'. It is believed that the person who consumes this Prasad without eating or drinking anything, remains free from diseases. Along with this, this Prasad also gives relief from skin diseases. In states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, it is a practice to celebrate this festival for 9 days with special rituals and worship. This festival ends on the day of Ram Navami.
Gudi Padwa Importance To Health
Gudi Padwa has special significance in terms of health as well. According to belief, all the food prepared on this day is healthy. Dishes like Pachadi in Andhra Pradesh and Puran Poli in Maharashtra are specially made for this festival. People believe that skin diseases go away by consuming Puran puri on an empty stomach, while health also improves. While jaggery, neem flowers, tamarind, and mango are used to make Puran Poli, all of which are very beneficial for the health of our bodies. There is also a tradition of eating neem leaves in the morning on this day. It is believed that doing this removes the impurities present in the blood of our body.
How Are The Preparations Done?
On the day of Gudi Padwa, after cleaning the house, people decorate the house by making Rangoli, Toran gate. In front of the main door of our house, a Gudi means a flag is kept. The Swastik symbol is made on a vessel in the house and it is kept wrapped in a silk cloth. Along with worshiping Sun God in the early morning, there is a practice of worshiping Sunderkand, Ramraksha Source, and chanting the mantras of Goddess Bhagwati.
Gudi Padwa Is Celebrated With This Method
The Gudi is decorated first thing in the morning after getting up and taking a bath.
Houses are cleaned in the cities and there is a custom of smearing the houses with cow dung in the villages.
It is believed that on this date, taking Abhyanga Snan at the time of Arunodaya is beneficial.
Gudi is worshiped after sunrise.
Rangoli etc. are made with bright colors. The atmosphere is made pleasant by decorating the house with fresh flowers.
There is also a trend of wearing traditional clothes on the day of Gudi Padwa. Due to this Marathi women wear the traditional Nauvari saree (9 yards long saree) while men wear kurta-pajama or dhoti-kurta with saffron or red colored turban.
On this day it is also a custom to listen to the predictions of the new year.
There is a tradition of making delicious food like Shrikhand and Kheer on Gudi Padwa.
In the evening people also perform a traditional dance called Lejim in groups.
The festival of Gudi Padwa is celebrated every year on Pratipada Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month in the joy of the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is believed that on this day Lord Brahma created the universe, and the sun rose for the first time in the world. That's why Gudi Padwa is also considered the first day of the world. If you want to know more about Gudi Padwa then take an astrology phone consultation.