The Chaitra month of the Indian calendar has the first day as a very auspicious day as this is the day when the Marathi New year commences. This is the day of Gudi Padwa when the Maharashtrians and many other Indians celebrate the festival with a lot of pomp and grandeur. The word Gudi Padwa originates from the Sanskrit word which implies the principal day of the brighter phase of the moon.
Padwa is a word that is got from the first day of the Indian lunar month and it occurs in the first day after new moon which is called Amavasya. On this day, a Gudi is erected thus the festival gets its name.
Gudi Padwa is also the day when the shalivahana calendar commences when he defeated the hunas in battle. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Brahma created the world when there was a deluge and it is said that the time started to be calculated from this day.
How to do Gudi Padwa Puja
On the day of Gudi Padwa there is a gudi that is found hung on the windows of every household and is normally displayed in a true Maharashtrian style. The Gudi is a bright yellow or a green cloth which is decorated with a lot of brocade or zari which is tied on the top of a long bamboo where you have gathi or sugar crystals, a mango twig and neem leaves. There is a marigold flower garland that is tied around it. There is a copper pot that is inverted on it, and this gudi is hoisted outside every house or on a terrace or a window so everybody can see the beauty.
Traditionally Maharashtrian families make puri shrikand and konkanis make a sweet dish called Kanangachi Kheer which is a type of Kheer that is made out of jaggery, rice, coconut milk and sweet potato alongwith sannas and flour.
When is Gudi Padwa in 2016
This year Gudi Padwa is falling on 8 April 2016
Benefits of Gudi Padwa Puja
It is to see how the people gather in large numbers in the city, and participate in the procession that is taken out in many places in Maharashtra on the day of Gudi Padwa and how the festival seeps into the society. The fact that festivals are a mainstay in the Indian culture is what makes such occasions very important and welcomed.