Come March 18 and Maharashtrians the world over will be celebrating Gudi Padwa, the Marathi New Year. The festival, that marks the beginning of New Year, also signifies starting afresh with new zeal and determination. Gudi Padwa, that falls on the first day of Chaitra month, is also the month for sowing seeds for new crops. Since India is an agrarian economy, the importance of this festival multiplies further.
The festival is celebrated with gaiety; Rangoli, special Marathi sweet dishes make way into every household. State government employees also enjoy a holiday on Gudi Padwa. On this day, devotees worship Lord Brahma and then hoist a Gudi or a doll to pray to Lord Vishnu to seek his blessings. The Gudi is made by tying a green or yellow silk cloth on a bamboo stick and adorned with red and yellow flowers. An inverted copper or silver pot is placed over the cloth and it must be then kept at the entrance of the home or outside the window. (Also Read: Gudi Padwa, Ugadi 2018: New Offers For ‘New Year’)
Gudi Padwa 2018: Know the Puja Vidhi right here:
Devotees are first required to take an oil bath as scriptures suggest that an oil bath removes impurities and makes one clean. After taking a bath, one must make a rangoli at the entrance of one’s house and at the place of puja along with a Swastika symbol, made of turmeric and kumkum. The puja has to be performed in the right corner of the house, with all the family members in attendance. Also, a garland of mango and neem leaves must be put above the front door. Thereafter, a Gudi has to be made for the puja followed by the invocation of Lord Brahma. Once the puja gets over, prasad is to be distributed. The puja is considered complete the next morning only after one has drunk water taken in the pot left inverted. (Also Read: Gudi Padwa 2018: All You Need To Know About The Maharashtrian Happy New Year)
Know the Gudi Padva Muhurat here:
Marathi Vikram Samvat 2075 Begins
Prathama Tithi Begins at 18:43:13 on March 17, 2018
Prathama Tithi Ends at 18:33:34 on March 18, 2018
Here’s sending out love and advanced wishes for Gudi Padwa 2018.