Gudi Padwa – A Victory Of Good Over Evil
Here are a few interesting facts about Gudi Padwa
Celebrated enthusiastically all across India, Gudi Padwa is believed to bring in prosperity and good luck into a home. It is also considered an auspicious day to commence new projects and buy new things. As the country prepares to revel in the celebrations, here are some quick facts about this festivity:
1) Gudi Padwa celebrations were initiated by Chatrapati Shivaji
Yes, victory of one of the most esteemed warriors in the Indian history led to the celebration of this auspicious day. It is believed that Chatrapati Shivaji was the first to raise the Gudi, and from then on it became a tradition that was followed in every Marashtran household. Also, according to legends, when lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after a 14 years of exile; people of Ayodhya hoisted Gudis out of their windows to welcome him.
This day is considered extremely auspicious as it coincides with the first day of ‘Ghatasthapana’ and ‘Chaitra Navratri’.
2) ‘Gudi’ is a symbol of victory
Gudi Padwa’s most prominent symbol is an elaborately decorated bamboo stick displayed proudly outside the windows or the main gate of a house. This is ‘gudi’, and it is created using a bright yellow or green cloth adorned with zari work. This cloth is tied to a bamboo tip and is further decorated using neem leaves, mango leaves, a garland of red flowers and sugar crystals. A copper or silver pot is then placed atop it. The word Padwa means ‘First’ and it has been derived from Sanskrit literature. Celebrated as the first day of the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa together, is a wonderful representation of victory against every level of war.
3) Same Festival, Different Names
Here are the different names under which this festivity is celebrated across the country to mark the beginning of the New Year:
Gudi Padwa – Maharashtra
Ugadi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
Baisakhi – Punjab
Naba Barsha – Bengal
Goru Bihu – Assam
Puthandu – Tamil Nadu
Vishu – Kerala
4) Scrumptious Food Galore!
Delicious food cannot be too far away from any Indian celebration! However, the festivity of Gudi Padwa is started by consuming neem leaves, sometimes raw and sometimes mixed with tamarind and jaggery. Then on, the popular delicacies enter the picture! This includes Shrikhand’ and ‘Poori’ or ‘Puran Poli’, made mostly in Maharashtran households. On the other hand Konkani’s prepare ‘Sanna’ and ‘Kanangachi Kheer’ a type of Kheer made using sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery and rice flour.
On this wonderful occasion, Cox and Kings Team hopes all its readers welcome into their life.. new hopes, dreams and of course, new travel escapades!