Gudi Padwa 2021: Story | Importance | Celebration & Facts

Gudi Padwa 2021: Story | Importance | Celebration & Facts

Gudi Padwa 2021

Shukla Pratipada of Chaitra month is called Gudi Padwa. As per Hindu tradition, the new Year also begins from this day. The festival will be celebrated on 13 April in the year 2021. Gudi means a victory flag. It is mentioned that the new positions of planets, days, and months are calculated according to mathematical and astronomical computations. It is addressed by different names in different parts of India. Ugadi is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka while in Maharashtra it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa. Chaitra Navratras also began on the same day itself.

Story Behind Gudi Padwa

A potter-son named Shalivahana defeated effective enemies with an army of mud soldiers. Shalivahana Saka as a symbol of this victory begins on this day.

As per the second story, Lord Ram Ji liberated the people of the south from the tyrannical rule of Vanararaj Bali. People who were freed from the tragedy of Bali hoisted the flag in their houses celebrating with great enthusiasm. It is the very same reason that even today the practice of standing good in the courtyard of the house is prevalent in Maharashtra. That is why this day was named Gudi Padwa.

Religious Importance

According to religious belief, on this day Brahma Ji created the universe, hence Gudi Padwa is also called ‘Navasvatsar’. A special type of Prasad is distributed in Andhra Pradesh on the day of Padwa. It is believed that whosoever have this prasad, all the skin diseases are eradicated.  There is also a tradition to eat Neem leaves in the morning on this day as it removes all the impurities present in the blood of our body as well as the bitterness of the relationship also turns into sweetness.

Celebration

People used to decorate the doors of the house with pylons. It is believed that it brings happiness, prosperity, and happiness to the house. Different varieties of dishes are also prepared in different regions. A sweet dish called Puranpoli is the specialty of this festival. Srikhand is also specially made in Maharashtra. At the same time, the practice of distributing Pachhadi as Prasad in Andhra is also followed on the festival of Gudi Padwa.

Religious Rituals…

The day begins by taking a oil bath after which prayers are offered. Then neem leaves are consumed during worship. The main attraction of this festival is the Gudi flag which people hoist on their homes and vehicles.

Some interesting facts related to Gudi Padwa

  • Gudi Padwa symbolizes the victory of King Shalivahana, who was the Satavahana king of ancient India.
  • The Gudi flag also represents Indradhwaja.
  • Festival is also celebrated in Manipur by the name ‘Sajibu Nongma Panba Chiroba’.
  • Celebrated by Kashmiri Hindus and the Pandit community in Pakistan along with Kashmir.
  • Also, celebrated as ‘Baisakhi‘ in Punjab, ‘Naba Barsa‘  in Bengal, ‘Bihu‘ in Assam, and as ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu.
  • It is also commemorated in the victory of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
  • It is believed that it brings prosperity to the house.
  • The farmers celebrate this festival for the joy of sowing new crops after harvesting their rabi crops.
  • Three and a half Muhurats are considered auspicious during the whole year among Hindus, Gudi Padwa is one of them. Apart from this, Akshaya Tritiya and Dussehra are considered as Purna and Diwali as semi-Muhurta.

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