Gudi Padwa, also known as Samvastar Padyo in Maharashtra, is an auspicious occasion celebrated on the first day of the Hindu calendar month Chaitra.
On this day, the sixty-year cycle, known as Samvatsara, begins.
This year’s Gudi Padwa falls on April 2, 2022, and the rituals are held in the month of Chaitra, according to the Hindu Luni-solar calendar.
This festival heralds the arrival of spring and marks the start of the Hindu New Year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus, who are particularly well-known in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
The day begins with devotees taking a holy bath, signalling the start of the nine-day Chaitra Navaratri puja.
Gudi Padwa is a vibrant festival that features dancing, street processions, and tasty festival delicacies.
People begin Gudi Padwa by taking a traditional oil bath, then decorating their homes and changing into new clothes.
Rangoli, the event’s main attraction, is made of flowers and colours. Finally, the gudi is placed at the house’s main entrance or on a window.
People in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate Ugadi as Gudi Padwa. As a result, both festivals take place on the same day.
Gudi Padwa Historical Significance
According to Hindu mythology, ‘Gudi’ refers to Lord Brahma’s ‘flag or symbol’, while ‘Padwa’ refers to the first day of the moon’s phase.
As a result, most houses in Maharashtra will have a flag flying to commemorate the festival.
Moreover, on this day, Lord Brahma is said to have created the universe, introducing the concepts of days, weeks, months, and years.
This festival is known as Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and it commemorates the first day of the universe’s creation.
Therefore, Lord Brahma is widely worshipped on this special day.
Gudi Padwa Significance
In Maharashtra, this occasion is extremely important. After this festival, which also marks the start of the spring season, Rabi crops are harvested.
Gudi is also said to be a symbol of victory. Many people believe that the day commemorates Lord Rama’s coronation after winning the battle against Ravana and returning to Ayodhya.
Another explanation is that the New Year festival is associated with the coming together of the community and Lord Shiva’s dance in rural Maharashtra, according to Anne Feldhaus, President of the Association for Asian Studies. Gudi Kavads is carried by devotees to a nearby or well-known Shiv temple.
Gudi Padwa: Greetings and Wishes
Gudi Padwa is a fresh start full of hopes, dreams, and joy. May this wonderful year bring you happiness and success. Have a wonderful Gudi Padwa!
May you be blessed with a new spirit, a new beginning, and new prosperity as a result of this festival. Wish you a very happy Gudi Padwa!
May the New Year festival bring you good fortune and true joy. May all of your hopes and dreams come true. Warm greetings to you and your family. Happy Gudi Padwa
Let us make a resolution to spread love and happiness all around us on this special day.
Happy Gudi Padwa, hope your new year is filled with vibrant hues of joy and laughter.
A new beginning, a new hope, and a new dream are all waiting to be realised. May this New Year bring you millions of unseen and unsaid joys, I’m hoping that this New Year brings you endless joys and new hopes. Happy New Year!
I wish you happiness, health, and prosperity on this auspicious occasion of Happy Gudi Padwa.
May this festival bestow health, wealth, and success upon you and your family, as well as lead you down the path of peace and blissful happiness. Happy Gudi Padwa