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Gudi Padwa

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Gudi Padwa or Marathi New Year is an important non-religious celebration for the people of Maharashtra. According to the calendar followed in the state the New Year is observed between March and April of the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated on the Chaitra Sukla Patipada or the full moon cycle of the month of Chaitra since the Marathi New Year calendar begins on the same month.

According to Brahma Purana, Lord Brahma is believed to create the universe on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa. The day also has important religious significances for the Hindus as they believe that Satya Yuga commenced on this day and lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.

On this day Marathis erect a gudi (flag) at their courtyard. The celebration has received its name from this tradition. The flag is also called Brahmadhwaj or the flag of Brahma. It is the harbinger of goodness, victory and prosperity. ‘Padwa’ in the local language means ending of one harvesting season and the beginning of the other.

The day of Gudi Padwa is also called Shuddha Pratipada where the word Pratipada is derived from Sanskrit, which denotes the first day of a lunar month.

    
Importance of gudi in Gudi Padwa

The Marathi New Year is a three and a half day celebration. On the first day of the event a gudi is prepared and erected at the front gate. Marathis take special care in decorating their gudi.
A long bamboo pole is covered in bright yellow fabric and brocade. On it neem and mango leaves are hung and the gudi is decorated with coconut, garlands of red flower, betel leaves and areca nuts, and gathi or sugar crystal. An upturned kalash is then placed at the top of it. A ritualistic puja is offered to the gudi before hanging it outside during which a special mixture of neem leaves, tamarind, jaggery, ajwain and gram pulses is offered to it. A mixture is then eaten as they say it to purify the blood.
The gudi is erected at the right side of the entrance and is tilted at a special angle. The gudi is said to symbolize the ‘sushumna nadi’ of our body and captures the positive energy from the environment.

The celebration

Marathis hold their traditions and rituals very close to their heart. On the first day of the ceremony the ground for erecting the gudi is prepared by drawing the holy ‘swastika’ in it with turmeric and vermilion. The gudi is then erected right after the sunrise. In some places the tradition of removing the gudi before sundown is also followed.

    
Marathis prepare themselves for ushering the New Year by giving their houses thorough cleaning. Womenfolk make colorful rangolis at the courtyards and hang festoons of mango leaves and flowers at the entrances.

A general sense of elation prevails and men and women alike adorn themselves in new clothes. The day begins for them with a ritualistic early morning bath. People then visit temples to listen to ‘Panchangasravanam' or predictions for the year.

Buying gold and silver on this day is believed to ensure yearlong prosperity. Traditional dishes of puran poli, soonth pak, shrikhand, and jalebis are prepared and enjoyed.

Gudi Padwa Messages
Lets pray for Peace and Harmony
for our country in coming year on this day
Wish you a very Happy Gudi Padwa

Aaushya ek vina, Ana sur bhavnanche.
Ga dhund hovun tu sangit navin varshache.
Happy Gudi Padwa

Soneri suryachi soneri kirne,
Soneri kirnancha soneri diwas..
Soneri diwasachya Soneri Shubhechha!
Gudipadvyachya Hardik Shubhechha.

Ubhara Gudi Sukhasamrudhichi Suravat Karuya Nav Varshachi. Visru Ti swapne Bhutakalachi Vatchal Karuya Nav Ashechi.

Swagat nav varshache, Asha aakankshache, Sukh samruddhiche, padata dwari paaul GUDHICHE Happy Gudipadwa

Gudi Padwa Calendar
Date Day Year
11th April Thursday 2013
31st March Monday 2014
21st March Saturday 2015
7th April Thursday 2016
28th March Tuesday 2017


Gudi Padwa Songs

Paule chalati pandharichi wat
paule chalati pandharichi wat
sukhi sansarachi soduniya gath

ganjuniya bhari dukh daridryane
padata rikame bhakariche tat

aapt ist sare sagesoyare te
pahuniya sare phirwati path

gheta Prasad shri vittalacha
aasha daridryacha whawa naynat

man shant hota punha lage oodh
taisa aani god sansaracha that


Amrutahuni god naam tuze
amrutahuni god naam tuze dewa
man maze keshwa ka ba n ghe

sang pandhariraya kai karu yashi
ka roop dhyanashi n ye tuze

kiratni baista nidre nagvile
man maze guntale vishysukha

haridas garjati harinamachy kirti
naye mazya chitti nama mahne


Aakashi zhep ghe re
Aakashi zhep ghe re, pakhara
sodi sonyacha pinjara

tujbhavati vaibhav, mayaa
fala rashal milate khaya
sukhalolup zali kaya
ha tuthvar vedya ghesi aasara

ghar kasale hi tari kara
vishasman moti chara
mohche bandhan dvara
tuj aadavito ha kaisa, umbara

tuj pankh dile devane
kar vihar samrthyane
dari, dongar, hiravi raane
ja oalandun ya sarita, sagara

kashtavin fal na milate
tuj kalate, pari, na valate
hrudyat vyatha hi jadate
ka jiv bichara hoi bavara

ghamantun moti phulale
shramdev ghari avatarle
ghar prasannatene natale
ha yog jeevani aala, sajira

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