Gudi Padwa is known as a new year for Maharashtrians as the first day of  Chaitra settles in. It is considered highly auspicious day among Maharashtrians.

In South India, it is called “Ugadi” and “Yugadi” in Kannada. In Maharashtrian, it is called the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada Festival.

Gudi Padwa History

Lord Ram returned Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. That is why this day is considered a celebration.

There are many stories behind this, some also say Lord Narayana came to the rescue of this earth, in the “Fish Avatar”.

Gudi Padwa Puja and Decoration 

Maharashtrians celebrate this day as a new year in the family. During this day a toran of mango leaves and jendu flower is hanged on the entrance of the door.  Toran is made by my mother every Gudi Padwa.

A Proper meal of is made just for the God’s offering.Before we have the dish offer some of it to the Devta.

 

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Making of Gudi 

As in my family, we do not place outside of the house, I have some knowledge about it.

It starts with a Bamboo, then it is tied with the yellow or green cloth. Tie around a neem tree and mango leaves and wrap it around with a saree of any color.

Then tie garland of ghendu flowers and sugar crystals. And lastly, put a copper pot in the inverted position.

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Happiness in the form of sweets 

In my house, Gudi padwa is celebrated with tasty food. It starts with purna poli, a dry potato dish, spicy dal, bhajia, and shrikhand.

As mentioned earlier this meal is offered for the blessing and then eaten afterward.

This is a small day where all Maharashtrian come together to celebrate this new year.

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In my locality elders deck themselves up with a traditional wear of sari and cholis and men wear dhotis to follow the tradition, dance around the whole locality this is called the lezim dance.

Lezim

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Gudi Padwa marks the beginning. It is marked one of the auspicious days in the Hindu calendar.

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