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iXiGOers Apr 11 2013

How is Gudi Padwa celebrated in Maharashtra?

Pritha Manchanda Jan 21 2014
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'Chaitra Shukla Pratipada’ (in Marathi) or Gudi Padwa is celebrated in Maharashtra as a Hindu Festival that marks the beginning of the New Year and end of the harvest season. On this day, Maharashtrians enter the threshold of the new year with a touch of faith and great deal of celebration. Apart from Maharashtra, this festival's celebration can be seen in Andhra Pradesh as well, where it is known as ‘Ugadi’.

Rangoli (by Subharnab Majumdar)

The day begins with early morning aarti. Some of the famous places in Mumbai including Mahalaxmi, Mumbadevi and other temples are known for organizing pujas. Families arrive in large numbers, offering flowers, seasonal fruits and sweets. Then, with a spring in their step, people head over to take part in the Gudi Padwa processions called Shobhayatra--an affair that is a whirlwind of colours. Gudi translates to flag in English and if you see a bright yellow, green or mixed-color zari cloth (brocade) tied on tip of long bamboo along with some more things like sweets, mango and neem leaves with zhendu flower or any other flower garland, with a small copper or silver made vessel placed inverted on top, it is the Gudi or flag.

Puran Poli (by GaneshDatta)

The most prominent part of the celebration is the hoisting of Gudi. The significance of the Gudi has many versions. According to one, Gudi is associated with the flag of Brahma and thus, Gudi Padwa is the day when the Lord created the universe. Another ties it up with the Maratha warrior Shivaji.

Tilgul (by Saloni Desai)

Traditional sweet preparations on this day include Shrikhand and Puran Poli. Families also consume a home-made paste of neem leaves, tamarind and jaggery which is believed to purify the blood. In Konkan regions, Kanangachi Kheer is prepared on this day, which is made of ingredients like Coconut Milk, Jaggery and sweet potato. Not just locals, but also travellers look forward to this day, thanks to all the yummy savouries that are available.

While the rituals are performed in the morning, it is customary for families to get together in the evenings to usher in the new year. Gudi Padwa is celebrated in Maharashtra with utmost devotion, spirituality and an overall sense of festivity!

Ganesh G Jadhav Mar 31 2016
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One of the most auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa is essentially a Maharashtrian festival. It is the New Year Day for the natives of Maharashtra who celebrate Chaitra Shukla Pratipada as Gudi Padwa. For more information visit: https://www.wheresmypandit.com/blog/gudi-padwa
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