HAPPY UGADI / HAPPY GUDI PADAWA

Posted by sharada | Thursday, March 26, 2009 | , | 10 comments »

Wishing one & all Happy Ugadi & Happy Gudi Padawa


Some tit-bits about the festival:
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Ugadi /Yugadi is the first day of the Hindu calendar (first day of the first month, Chaitra).
The ages starting from a major reference point are Golden age, Silver age, Copper age and Iron age and also known in Hindi as Satyuga or Krutha yuga, Treta yuga, Dwapar yuga and Kaliyuga. The very end of Iron age i.e. the Kaliyuga is refer to hell or "Naraka" or the age of ignorance, which our Puranas or even in Srimath Bhagavath Gita mentioned that the Kaliyuga is "the night of the Brahma, the creator of new world and the Satyuga is the Day of Brahma".It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the new year, new month and new day.It is the beginning of hindu new year.
It also marks the arrival of spring. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning.Yuga means Start & Aadi means Era. Therefore yugadi means "Start of a new era". It is believed that the Ugadi (Beginning of the yuga - Satyuga) will be the next age of the Eternal World Drama Cycle, i.e. after the Kaliyuga. The eternal world drama cycle repeats every 5000 years with 1250 years for each yuga as per the teachings of Prajapita Brahma kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. It is the wonderful and colourful festival, because after the Holi (the purification of the soul by imbibing Godly knowledge, inculcating the divine virtues by replacing the vices with virtues) the New age, New yuga, and New era will be start. So, it is the time to change ourselves or to purify ourselves by inculcating the divine virtues.

Ugadi is celebrated with festive fervor in Maharashtra,Sindh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. While it is called Ugadi in A.P. and Karnataka,in Maharashtra it is known as Gudipadava".Sindhis, people from Sindhcelebrate the same day as their New Year day Cheti Chand.
Symbolically, it signifies thanks giving to celebrate bounteous crops as well as signaling the end of an old era and the beginning of a new era.
On Ugadi day, people wake up before the break of dawn and take a head bath after which they decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The significance of tying mango leaves relates to a legend. It is said that Kartik (or Subramanya or Kumara Swamy) and Ganesha, the two sons of Lord Siva and Parvathi were very fond of mangoes. As the legend goes Kartik exhorted people to tie green mango leaves to the doorway signifying a good crop and general well-being.
The day begins with ritual showers (oil bath) followed by prayers, and then the eating of a specific mixture of -
Neem Buds/Flowers for bitterness Raw Mango for tang Tamarind Juice for sourness Green Chilli/Pepper for heat Jaggery for sweetness Pinch of Salt for saltiness This mixture with all six tastes called "Ugadi Pachhadi" in Telugu and "Bevu-Bella" symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise) , which should be accepted together and with equanimity - things that arein store for him/her in the coming year with gratitude.
Later, people traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious almanac (Panchangam) of the coming year, and to the general forecast of the year to come. This is the Panchanga Sravanam, an informal social function where an elderly and respected person refers to the new almanac pertaining to the coming year and makes a general benediction to all present.
In Andhra Pradesh, eatables such as "pulihora, bobbatlu" and preparations made with raw mango go well with the occasion. In Karnataka too, similar preparations are made but called "puliogure" and "holige".
In Maharastra It is customary to erect ‘Gudis’ on the first day (Padwa) of the Marathi New Year. 'Gudi' is a bamboo staff with a colored silk cloth and a garlanded goblet atop it, which symbolizes victory or achievement. Hence, this day is known as “Gudipadwa” in Maharashtra. The New Year is ushered in with the worship of the "Gudi" and the distribution of a specific "Prasad" comprising tender neem leaves, gram-pulse and jaggery. The symbolism of tastes is the same as what is described above.
Also in many Maharashtrian homes they celebrate the occasion by making Shrikhand Puri & Puran Poli.
So on this auspicious day people pray for their health, wealth and prosperity and success in business too. Ugadi is also the most auspicious time to start new ventures.
Courtesy:Various Sources
I wish that this new year bring in lots of happiness & joy to all.

10 comments

  1. luckysanjana // March 26, 2009  

    hey thanks living in maharashtra have put up that garland year after year but never known its significance or the actual meaning of the word gudi padwa..........Happy guddi padwa......have a nice day...........

  2. sants // March 27, 2009  

    Wonderful explanation about the spiritual connection of the Festival. I went to Brahma Kumaris Center and I started doing Raja Yoga Meditation in Washington DC recently. I some how came across your article as I like Indian recipes. Thank You

    santosh.perab@gmail.com
    washington DC

  3. sharada // March 27, 2009  

    Sanjana:)Thank you

  4. sharada // March 27, 2009  

    Sants:)Thank you for the nice comment.
    The wonderful explaination about the spiritual conection of the festival has been gathered from various sources so the credit goes to them.

  5. Shama Nagarajan // March 28, 2009  

    nice read..happy ugadi

  6. sharada // March 28, 2009  

    Shama Nagarajan:)thanks & Wish you a Happy Ugadi!

  7. Anupama Krishnamurthy // March 28, 2009  

    Hi Sharada,
    Thanks for your Ugadi wishes and same to you. Lovely blog. For a long time I have been wanting to make pineapple upside down cake. Yours look so good. I'll try it soon.

    thanks,
    anupama
    http://mitholimdo.wordpress.com

  8. sharada // March 28, 2009  

    Anupama Krishnamurthy:)Thanks for visitng my blog.

  9. LG // March 31, 2009  

    Trust you had wonderful time celebrating Ugadi. Happy New Year to you and family

  10. sharada // March 31, 2009  

    LG:)thank you.

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