Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa festival also known as Ugadi in some southern states of India like Telangana,Andhra Pradesh, Chennai etc. Comes in the month of Chaithra according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is a very special day for the people of Maharashtra. Sindhis people celebrate and call it Cheti Chand. In Sanskrit the word Gudi Padwa is called as 'Chaithra Shukla Pradipada'.

History of festival Gudi Padwa
It is believed that after killing Ravana the demon king of Lanka by Lord Sri Rama Chandra this festival is celebrated for the victory of happiness and prosperity. The word Gudi means success and therefore Gudi which means flag, is being held high. As per other puranas, the entire Universe was created on this day. So it represents the symbol of Brahma's dwaj (or) flag. It is also called as the flag of Lord Indra known as Indra dwaj.

Important Rituals of the Festival
On the day of Gudi Padwa, People follow the complete religious rituals to be performed by the worshippers.

  • People take head bath and wear new clothes to keep them feel fresh and strong body.
  • Children and women draw beautiful Rangoli designs of various collections in front of their homes. They also decorate the entrance of their house with red flowers and mango leaves.
  • After the decoration they perform 'puja'. They offer prayers to Lord Brahma with 'Davna' a type of fragrant plant let and 'Havan' is offered to Lord Vishnu.
  • One of the most important part of Gudi Padwa is hoisting of Gudi, A yellow colored cloth is taken with mango leaves and red flowers tied on to a bamboo stick. On to which a copper (or) a silver pot is being fixed. This is called as Gudi. It is placed at the entrance of our home (or) on the terrace , So that everyone can have a look at it.
  • Later people listen to 'Panchangh Sharavan' and take 'Prasadam' after the puja.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated as one of the most important festivals in India even today. It brings happiness and prosperity to the people celebrating it for the coming years.