Gudi Padwa – hindu new year

Gudi Padwa is a Hindu festival celebrate on the first day of the Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar. This auspicious festival marks the New Year for all Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis and is widely celebrated in India. So that the term ‘Padava’ is derived from Sanskrit word, ‘Pratipada’, which means the first day of the bright phase of the moon. The people of Maharashtra consider Gudi Padwa as the holy festival and because of that it holds a lot of importance and significance in their life.

gudi padwa
gudi padwa

On this auspicious occasion, and also many people buy new products including ornaments, houses, etc. Making puran poli or shikhand puri on  the day. This festival also marks the end of one agricultural harvest and the beginning of another. Celebrating Gudi Padwa was first started by Indian warrior king and the veteran Maratha leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which symbolised the victory when he defeated Sakas

The festival of Gudi Padwa signifies the victory of good over bad. In preparation of this day, people clean their houses and  also decorate their doorsteps with beautiful and colourful Rangoli. Then they hang toran outside their home which is make from mango leaves and flowers. On the day of Gudi Padwa, people take oil bath, wear new clothes and also offer prayers to Lord Surya.

What is Gudi?



First of all take wooden stick which covered with a piece of bright colored cloth. Tie neem leaves, sugar candy(saakhar gaathi)and chaafa  (plumeria) flower

Then a kalash made of silver, copper, bronze or steel place on upside down on one end of the stick.

And finally a dash of kumkum and haldi (vermilion and turmeric) apply on the outer surface of the kalash.

This ensemble called as Gudi. Most of all it place outside the door or the window, so that everyone in the vicinity get to see it.

Spiritual significance of the Gudi Padwa 

On this day Lord Ram returns to Ayodhya  along with consort Sita and brother Lakshman after defeating demons king Ravana in lanka. Because of that we celebrate gudi padwa.

Post Author: Asmita Pawar-Gaikwad

2 thoughts on “Gudi Padwa – hindu new year

    Shekhar Sidhaye

    (September 7, 2017 - 5:00 am)

    Hello, all the people in advertising has been doing the same mistake again and again by calling GUDHI as GUDI. We as Maharashtrians need to type the actual name of the festival rather than use what advertising people think.
    I request you to change GUDI with GUDHI to sound more authentic to all Maharashtrians and to all who would like to know more about our Great Maharashtra.
    Best Regards,
    Shekhar Sidhaye

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