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Ugadi Gudi Padwa Baisakhi Naba Barsha Vishu

Start the dawn of the New Year on an auspicious note, worshipping God and Goddesses, invoking their blessings. Visit nearby temple and offer garland of flowers, fruits and vermilion. Recite prayers, chant mantras and send your New Year wishes to dear ones. As we all are embracing and discriminating against one another, New Year is the perfect time to step in for a fresh start, seeking the blessings of Lord to bestow on us happiness, peace, and prosperity. Hindus celebrate New Year in different parts of the country with same festive and religious fervor.

Bengali New Year

Joyful and culturally rich people of Bengal, celebrate 'Poila Baisakhi' by dutifully performing set of customs and traditions. Early in the morning, Bengalis take out processions known as 'Prabhat Pheries'. Many devotees take dip in nearby river to mark the occasion. They worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, deity of wealth to pray for wealth and prosperity.

Tamil New Year

Tamilians celebrates the beginning of Dravidian New Year with traditional enthusiasm and pray, thanks to God for prosperity bestowed on them throughout the year. They believe that Lord Brahma- the God of creation began creating the world on this day. Hoards of devotees visits temple to propitiate Hindu deities. Endless queues of devotees can be seen outside Meenakshi temple in Madurai, Manakkula Vinayagar Temple in Puducherry.

Telgu New Year

Tamil New Year or 'Ugadi' is marked by zeal and social merriment. People offer prayers to Sun and visit temples. On this day mantras are chanted and predictions are made for New Year. The important part of the festivity is 'Panchanga Shravanam' - hearing of the Panchanga. The priests read Panchanga at the temples. Before reading out the annual forecasts, the officiating priest reminds the devotees of the creator - Lord Brahma.

Maharashtra New Year

Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of 'vasant' or spring. 'Gudi' prominently hangs outside traditional Maharashtrian households. A 'gudi' is a pole on top of, which an upturned brass or silver pot called a 'kalash' is placed. It is covered with a colorful silk cloth and decorated with coconuts, marigolds and mango leaves symbolizing nature's bounty. It's believed 'gudis' ward off evil and invite prosperity and good luck into the house.

Malayalam New Year

The pompous festival of Kerala, 'Vishukani' or 'Kani Kanal' is the most popular tradition followed by people of Kerela. As per the popular belief, year's prosperity depends upon the type of the first object viewed in the morning. Ladies keep gold ornaments, a new white cloth, raw rice, yellow cucumber, betel leaves, holy grantha and coconut, a night before the 'Vishu', in a bell metal vessel called 'uruli'. Behind the vessel a bell metal mirror and a Lord Krishna deity is kept. Two lighted oil lamp called 'Nilavilakku' is also placed alongside. It's the first thing families' see in the morning. Later, 'Vishukani' is offered to God and distributed amongst poor. The tradition of gift giving also takes place called 'Vishu Kaineetam'.




 
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