Although the standard calendar that we all follow comprises of twelve months, with January being the first month of every year, different religions and communities in India have their own distinct calendars. One such calendar is the Hindu calendar, wherein the New Year is believed to take place on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa. This day marks the beginning of the New Lunisolar Year, and falls on the first day of the Chaitra month. It falls during late March or early April every year; this year falling on 29th
Different regions – different names
Known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, this festival is celebrated across the country under different names given by different religions and states. In the Konkan and Goa region, it is known as Samvatsar Padvo; in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh it is called Ugadi; in Manipur it is named as Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba; in Kashmir it is known as Navreh; and the Sindhis call it as Cheti Chand. Whatever the festival is called, however it is celebrated, but the essence remains to be the celebration of auspicious new beginnings.
What is the legend behind the celebration of Gudi Padwa?
As per the legend, it is believed that Lord Brahma had re-created the universe on this day after the world was completely destroyed by massive floods that were called ‘Pralaya’
. Lord Brahma along with Lord Vishnu, in his Matsya
avatar, gave re-birth to mankind. This is why this day signifies new beginnings. Bhramadhwaj
, a special flag, is hoisted on this day to honour Lord Brahma for his act of recreating the earth.
Another legend states that the raising of Brahmadhwaj
is in honour of the coronotaion of Lord Rama after he returned to Ayodhya from Banvaas
. Lord Rama was crowned to regain his kingdom on this day. The ‘Gudi’ that is set up on the main entrance of every devotee’s home symbolizes the sign of victory and happiness.
What is the Sade-Teen Muhurat?
When life was again created, the Golden Satyug was begun. As the name depicts, it was the era of truth and justice. As per Brahma Purana, the Hindu calendar carries a very significant period of three and a half days known as ‘Sade-Teen Muhurat’
at the onset of Satyug, wherein Gudi Padwa marks the first day. This is why people start a new business, purchase cars, sign up for properties, and start every new venture on this day.
If you are planning to start a new venture or get your hands on a new possession, don’t forget to carry out an appropriate Puja to seek blessings from God to help you in every way. If you are planning to start any kind of construction on a piece of land on this day to build up your home or office, you must perform a Bhoomi Puja to seek blessings from Mother Earth. Similarly, for any kind of purchase of a new car, new home, or new office, you must worship Lord Ganesha to bless you and stay with you throughout your relationship with your valued possession. And, don't worry about the Pujas. MakeMyPuja Pandits are always available to help you perform appropriate Pujas all through the year to help you gain blessings from God in every possible way.