Gudi Pudwa Date- 18th March 2018
Gudi Padwa Day- Sunday
Gudi Padwa Timings- Marathi Vikram Samvat 2075 Begins
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 18:41 on 17/Mar/2018
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 18:31 on 18/Mar/2018
What is the significance of Gudi Padwa in Indian culture?
Gudi Pawa, chiefly observed in Maharastra and Kokang ghats of India maps is considered as the as the first day of the year. As per the old beliefs, it is the start of new Samvatsara, a cycle of sixty years. All sixty Samvatsara have distinct names.
While in Maharashtra and Konkan areas it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, the same festival takes the name of Ugadi when it comes to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
As per the Lunisolar calendar, Gudi Padwa is the New Year for people of Maharashtra. New Year is the start of fresh energy and prosperity, thus, by observing this festival people welcome the sparkling new zest in their life. It signifies the onset of the month of Chaitra Month which is the month to sow seed for new crop. As harvesting are a chief profession and a vital aspect of people’s lives, the importance of this festivals increase by manifolds. Furthermore, it also represents the triumph of King Shalivahanaover Sakas who was raised by his followers when he was back to ‘Paithan’.
How to perform the Gudi Padwa Puja?
The procedure of the puja plays the significant role in the celebration of any festival. Here is how the Gudi Padwa should be performed:
Material required: Bamboo casing, copper pot, yellow or green colure cloth, mango and neem leaves, flower garland, Lord Brahma idol.
• The devotees take an oil bath in the morning before offering their prayers to the almighty. Scriptures suggest that oil bath removes all the impurities from your body and makes it pristine.
• A rangoli should be made at the entrance of your house, at the puja place along with a swastika of Haldi and Kumkum.
• The puja should be performing with all your family members and in the right corner of the house.
• Place the bunting of mango and neem leaves at the top of your doors.
• Make a Gudi for the puja. To make the Gudi, first, take the bamboo stick of medium length and place the green or yellow cloth on the very tip of the stick. Tie few neem and mango leaves around the cloth. Next, tie a garland of red flowers along with a few sugar crystals. A cleaned copper or silver inverted pot should be placed over the cloth. Your Gudi is ready and places it on the right side of the entrance of your home.
• Once the Gudi is placed, chant the mantras of Lord Brahma and do prayer.
• After the puja, distribute the prasad to everyone.
• The phrase of Gudi padwa includes few neem leaves and flowers, soaked dal, a tsp. of honey, a few cumin seeds (jeera), and a pinch of Hing (asafoetida).
• The puja gets complete only when you drink the water from the inverted pot next morning