Gudi Padwa, the first day of the Marathi Calendar in India celebrated today and marks the beginning of the spring season. It is believed that on Gudi Padwa day, Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation, created the world.
Gudi Padwa, the first day of Marathi Calendar in India, marks the beginning of the Spring season. It is believed that on Gudi Padwa day, Lord Brahma (Hindu God of Creation) created the world after Maha Pralay (deluge). On this day Maharashtrian community performs puja (prayers) and Gudi is erected in every household in Maharashtrian families.
Gudi is a bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gathi (sugar crystals), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. This gudi is then hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it.
Gudi Padva is also known as Samvatsar Padvo or Yugadi. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka people celebrate this festival as Ugadi or Yugadi or Telugu and Kannada New Years Day. Sindhi people celebrate their New Years Day, Cheti Chand on the same day. It is believed on the same day, the legendary King Shalivahana defeated Sakas in battle. Gudi Padwa is known as Samsar Padvo or Sansar Padva in Goa.