Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa 2024: Why is it Celebrated? Exploring Rituals of Pooja

Celebrate Gudi Padwa, Guri Parwa or Ugadi festival on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Explaining rituals and why it is celebrated etc.
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Significance and History of Gudi Padwa

The festival Gudi Padwa is popularly known as the Marathi New Year. It celebrates the beginning of spring and the month of Chaitra, the lunisolar new year for Hindus. The ‘gudi’ means 'flag'. The word padwa is derived from the Sanskrit word pratipad for the first day of each fortnight in a lunar month, the first day of Amavasya, (the day on which the moon appears after the "new moon" day).  

The festival is linked to the mythical day on which Brahma created time and the universe. Gudi considered Lord Brahma's flag, is hoisted. In the modern day, when Lord Ram receives much attention, Gudi Padwa also commemorates the coronation of Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana. 

The festival also has a historical significance. Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, on this day freed the Maratha subjects, who were later called Marathis, from the Mughal rule. To celebrate, people especially in Maharashtra, hoisted Gudi outside their houses that would remove any negative energy entering the house.

Gudi Padwa is primarily a celebration of the Marathi and Konkani heritage. The celebration is characterized by colorful floor decorations called rangoli

A special gudi Dhvaja or flag is mounted on a flagstaff (often a saari or dhoti or Indian wear) and is garlanded with flowers of mango leaves and neem leaves and a sugar crystal garland, also called gathi is used. The top end of the flagstaff is topped with upturned silver or copper vessels. 

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Celebration of this festival also includes large gatherings on the streets, dancing, and revelry. The morning gatherings on the streets, often termed prabhat pheri, are held throughout Maharashtra on this special day. The procession is followed by dance and food festivals. During the processions, many men and women wear a saffron-colored turban around their heads.

In celebrating Gudi Padwa, families in the Konkan region, prepare a special dish – traditionally called the Gudi Padwa prasad, prepared using neem leaves with jaggery. Other ingredients used include sour tamarind dhane seeds. It is a mixture of bitter and sweet prasad. Every Marathi household prepares it. The prasad signifies the journey of life with a fair share of sorrow and happiness.

The rangoli is sketched on the floor of each home using powder color, flowers, and petals. The houses are decorated with bright colored flowers and the doors are adorned with beautiful torans. The flowers are believed to usher in positive energy around.

The puja begins with a dip in a nearby river. After the traditional wash, the men adorn themselves in new clothes – traditional kurta pajama along with a saffron turban – and visit the temple to offer prayers. Women of the region wear a nine-yard saree and accessorize their hair with a garland of mogra flowers.

The pujas conducted on Gudi Padwa invoke Lord Brahma. In the puja rites, the principal entrance is lined with mango leaves garland, or even marigold flowers. During the puja rites, it is now gaining importance to have utensils that are environment-friendly and reusable. People have turned to companies like Shree Collections, which offer glass utensils. 

The gudi is often woven in rich yellow brocade fabric with a zari border. The borosilicate glass bell is another of the company’s specialties. Among the most important usable at a puja are the pooja thali – on which the ingredients are placed.Akhand DiyaThe akhand diya and the borosilicate glass diya are two of the essential ingredients in the puja conducted during the Gudi Padwa. The Niranjan borosilicate glass diya, is a product that can be termed a fusion of elegance and spirituality adding a touch of grace to the proceedings. These diyas are perfect for enhancing the sadhana and adorning the mandir of the home. Their elegance stems from their compactness, size, and their aesthetic appeal.

Niranjan Diya smallThe Niranjan diya’s sleek silhouette and delicate details exude an aura of refined elegance, adding a touch of visual delight to the devotional space.

Burning Wicks in Bowl

The floating oil wicks and the tilak stand form very essential utensils of the festival. The floating oil wicks are specially designed for use in diyas. Unlike traditional wicks, they float on the surface of the oil, eliminating the need for a holder and preventing them from getting submerged in the oil. Among the several benefits is the ease of use – where the wick is placed on the oil. The soothing fragrance released by the essential oils will further enhance your sensory experience, creating a serene atmosphere that promotes relaxation and mindfulness.

In addition, the wick stays above the oil, minimizing smoke and mess. These factors help them to burn for extended periods, offering extended illumination.

Haldi kumkum Holder

The tilak stand is a product no pujari can be without. The stand offers a stylish way to display all essentials in one convenient place. With designated slots for kumkum, Chandan, turmeric, and other tilak items, it is convenient to easily locate each component without any hassle. The stand's compact size makes it perfect for smaller spaces while still accommodating all the essential tools neatly. Additionally, its sturdy construction ensures durability and longevity, guaranteeing years of reliable use.

As part of the celebrations, women prepare traditional sweets like puran poli, puri, and shrikhand.These are relished by all family members with great joy. The sweet dishes are expected to fill the family with sweetness, all year round. 

Conclusion:

Gudi Padwa is a vibrant festival celebrating the Marathi and Konkani New Year, spring, and historical triumphs. It's a time for families to gather, decorate their homes, prepare special foods, and participate in joyous processions.

The traditions of Gudi Padwa, from the hoisted gudi flag to the sweet and bitter prasad, all hold deep meaning, symbolizing new beginnings, honoring heritage, and welcoming prosperity in the year ahead.

May it be the beginning of all goodness and prosperity and fill you with plenty of joy and good health, just as the mango leaf on your doorpost guarantees.

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