The celebration of Gudi Padwa is thought to mark the beginning of a new year. It is primarily observed in Goa and the state of Maharashtra. This festival is celebrated with great pomp in order to cultivate and reseed crops because it is thought to mark the start of the spring season. People begin offering worship on this day even before the very sunrise.
In addition to Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa is also observed as Ugadi or Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, while Sindhi Hindus observe it as Chetti Chand. So in the view of same, let's explore its various aspects from significance to ways of worship, date, auspicious time, and importance of Gudi Padwa.
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When is Gudi Padwa 2023?
This spring-time festival Gudi Padwa is observed on the first day of the moon's bright phase, or Shukla Paksha, in the month of Chaitra, according to the Hindu calendar. The Shukla Paksha of the Chaitra month's Pratipada Tithi falls on March 22nd, a Wednesday this year. Therefore, this festival will be celebrated on March 22 in this case.
Auspicious time, Shubh Muhurat of Gudi Padwa 2023
According to the Hindu calendar, Pratipada Tithi of Shukla Paksha will start at 10:52 PM on Tuesday, March 21, and end on the next day, March 22, Wednesday, at 8:20 PM. On the other hand, talking about Shubh Puja Muhurta, the auspicious time for Gudi Padwa Puja is going to be from 6:29 am to 7:39 am on March 22.
Significance of Gudi Padwa
Celebrating Gudi Padwa is of utmost importance, behind which there are 4 main reasons:
➡The first is that this day is regarded as being dedicated to Brahma Puja since it is believed that Brahma Dev created the universe on this day.
➡The second reason is that Maa Durga resides in every home and Navratri starts on this day.
➡Thirdly, new crops are planted on this day by farmers.
➡The victory over foreign invaders on this day by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is the fourth and last cause. Shivaji Maharaj and his soldiers raised the "Guddi" in victory. Since that time, this day has been associated with achievement and victory, and a custom of celebrating it has developed. On the day of Gudi Padwa, worship leads to achievement.
Begin the New Year on Gudi with these beautiful acts and offerings
➡Get up early in the morning and do daily work like cleaning, bathing, etc. If you are in the city, clean your houses. If you are in villages then smear your house with fresh cow dung.
➡On this day, you can make beautiful Rangoli designs in your homes with bright colors and also decorate the homes with fresh flowers.
➡Wear new and beautiful clothes for Gudi Padwa 2023. Typically, Marathi women adorn themselves with Kashtha or Nauvari (a nine-yard saree tied at the back) and men wear kurta pajama with a turban, which is mostly saffron or red in color.
➡On the occasion of Gudi Padwa 2023, you should put mango leaves on the main door of your house.
➡After this, place a Gudi in one part of the house and decorate it with mango leaves, clothes, etc.
➡After making the Gudi, worship Lord Brahma and then hoist the Gudi.
➡After hoisting the Gudi, worship Lord Vishnu with complete rituals. To know the entire ways to practice rituals through astrology online consultation.
➡All the family members get together and wish each other a happy new year.
Gudi Padwa for Farmers
It is generally believed that hoisting Gudi brings prosperity in life and Gudi is also called Dharmadhwaj by many. Each part of it has a different meaning. The inverted pot head and stick are considered to be the spine (as bamboo has a spine, just like the human spine). For farmers, Gudi Padwa is celebrated to mark the end of the Rabi crop season and the beginning of the new crop season. They plow their fields on this day for a good harvest throughout the year.
Gudi Padwa Prasad
The celebration begins after eating sweet neem leaves as prasad. Usually, a paste is made of neem leaves, jaggery, tamarind, etc. This paste is believed to purify the blood and increase immunity. Along with this, dishes like Shrikhand, Puran Poli, Kheer (Marathi sweets made by mixing sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery, rice flour, etc.), and Sana are cooked.
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