Gudi Padwa marks the first day of the New Year in the Hindu traditional calendar. Gudi Padwa signifies Brahmadwaj – meaning that Brahma created the entire universe on this day. The festival also marks the coronation of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. Gudi Padwa, also known as Ugadi, is celebrated across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This festival marks the arrival of the new crop season. This festival is also celebrated by Sindhis and is known as Cheti Chand. In this article, we discuss in detail about the Gudi Padwa Puja.
Gudi Padwa Puja
Before Gudi Padwa, people clean the entire house to make it Puja-ready. People take oil bath, wear new clothes and start the Gudi Padwa Puja. Torans made of mango leaves are hung at the entrance of the house. This is believed to bring positivity in the house. Also, beautiful rangolis are put outside the house, again to bring in positivity.
Arranging the Gudi
Gudi is arranged in each house and puja of this Gudi is done. Gudi is a bright silk saree tied to a long bamboo. It is also decorated with neem leaves, mango leaves and flowers. The bamboo stick is capped with Kalash made of silver or copper and this Gudi is hoisted from the window, the balcony or terrace, such that it is visible to all.
Gudi Padwa food preparations
Food preparations include a dish that is a mix of neem leaves, jaggery, tamarind, etc., that depicts the bitter sweet moments of life. In Maharashtra, the Gudi Padwa meal includes Poori, Shrikhand and Puran Poli.
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