Happy Gudi Padwa 2019: What is Gudi, significance of Gudi Padwa, Shubh muhurat

Like many festivals, Gudi Padwa is a harvest festival and it also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The festival also celebrates the start of Satyug or the era of truth and justice.

Today, Indians across the world are celebrating Gudi Padwa or New Year. The festival falls on the very first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, as per lunisolar calendar. The festival is widely celebrated in the state of Maharashtra.

Like many festivals, Gudi Padwa is a harvest festival and it also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The festival also celebrates the start of Satyug or the era of truth and justice. 

Significance

As per Hindu mythology, Gudi Padwa is closely associated with the life of Lord Rama. On this day, Lord Rama killed Bali and crowned Sugreeva as the king of Kishkinda and several years later, Rama’s coronation also took place in Ayodhya after his return from exile. In the state of Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa is also celebrated to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 

What is Gudi?

Gudi includes a long wooden staff and one end of the same is decorated with a twig of mango leaves, a piece of yellow or saffron cloth, a garland and upturned copper pot. As per rituals, the gudi is to be hoisted on the right-hand side of the house. The gudis are mostly hoisted out of the windows. Gudis are also hoisted to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.

Celebrations

People usually start their day with abhyanga snan or holy bath. For the same, people use oil and sandalwood to bathe themselves. The bathing is associated with the cleansing of the body as well as of

soul. Later, rangolis are drawn; flower decor is done, and yummy food preparations such as puran polis, lapshi among others are prepared and distributed.

Shub Muhurat

Pratipada Thithi started off on 5 April 2019 and will end on April 6. The timings are 11:50 (5 April) to 12: 53 (6 April).

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