March 16, 2010

Gudi Padwa...our new year begins today...

I am not born Maharashtrain, but when I was kid we stay in Marathi Mahulla in Indore. Most of my neighbors were Maharashtrians. Most of the faculties and students in my school are Maharashtrians. That’s why I know from today our new year starts. It is also called as GUDI PADWA. I want my kids to know that January 1st is not our's New Year, I want them to remember that according to Hindu calendar our new year starts on Gudi Padwa. Also known as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Konkanis celebrates it as Sanvsar Padvo. Today is the first day of the Chaitra month.

This festival is supposed to mark the beginning of Vasant(…spring). According to the Gregorian calendar this would fall sometime at the end of March and the beginning of April. This is a time of the year when the sun’s rays increase in intensity, going from calm/mellow to hot. On Gudi padwa the Tej and Prajapati frequencies are effective in large measures. During sunrise on this day, the Chaitanya (…Divine Consciousness) emitted from these frequencies can be retained for a longer period.

There are some myths behind the celebration of Gudi Padwa. It is said that the Universe was created by Brahmaji on this day and Satyuga began. Also, it is believed that King Vali was killed by Ram and Ram returned to Ayodhya triumphant on this day. This is one of the three and a half days in the Hindu Lunar calendar, whose every moment is considered auspicious. It is accumulates in the cells of the personified soul and is used by the embodied soul as and when required. Therefore, within 5-10 minutes of sunrise one should perform ritualistic worship of the Gudi.

There is great rejoicing on this day and apart from the usual rituals like colorful rangoli are designed at the entrance, there is a custom of eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree on this day. Usually a paste of neem leaves, ajwain, tamarind, gul and jiggery is made, this paste is supposed to purify the blood and strengthen the immune system, all the members of the family consume this paste.

My delicacies like puran poli or sweet rotis, soonth pak, and usal are prepared in Maharastrain families. I am in office so most probably will not able to eat puran polis because there is no special meal in office canteen (…hope our HR team will look into this :)).

The people have the traditional Gudis hanging out of their windows on this day. My school teacher once said the Gudis are a symbol of victory associated with the take-over of the Maratha forces lead by Shivaji Maharaj. The Gudi is a pole with a brass or a silver vessel placed on the top. These poles are covered with colorful silk and flowers like marigold. Decorated with mango leaves and coconuts are tied to it. The Gudi's hanging out of the windows symbolize nature's reward. It is worshipped by offering sandalwood paste, turmeric, and vermilion. Then, boys and young men of the locality form a pyramid and the person on top of the pyramid breaks the coconut which is in the kalash.

Gudi Padvachya Hardik Shubhechha to all of you, may this new year brings good fortune, wealth, prosperity and Happiness.

Cheers,
-K Himaanshu Shukla…

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59 comments:

Anonymous said...

informative blog baby

Anonymous said...

Gudi Padvachya Hardik Shubhecha Mehu

Anonymous said...

Gudi Padvachya Hardik Shubhecha Mehu. he 'Mehu' kay ahe ?.....

- Amit R.

K Himaanshu Meehirs' Shukla said...

Mehu, Meehirs' cha short form aahes :)

Anonymous said...

aur ye 'baby' kay ahe ???

Anonymous said...

'baby', 'baba' cha short form aahe :)

Anonymous said...

kumanshu I think u shuld write 1blog on ur nick names

Anonymous said...

kumanshu..............one more nick name. Mehi ppls are crazy abt ur nick names.

-Kirti

Anonymous said...

Gadar is another nick name... of KHimu...

Anonymous said...

Gadar is another nick name... of KHimu...

-- Amit R

Anonymous said...

one more Hammy Cops

Anonymous said...

Amit R. Its *GADAR* r *GADDAAR*?

-Kirti

Vije Sharma said...

Hey my baby brother I was unaware othr pals also called u gaddaaar.

I used to call him MBB (my baby brother), hims, Meehi, Mr.CHOW(Don’t ask me why I call him Mr.Chow), khimi, kremayhimi…………………….let me think more…….

Anonymous said...

Lolzzzzzzzzzzzzz Nice nick names :D

M@hi

Kaaya Thapliyal said...

*Chatter Box* ko pareshan mat karo

Anonymous said...

dumbo ducks

Anonymous said...

LOR : Lord of the rings

Anonymous said...

Ekta used to call him CHUCHU KA MURABBA. I will not revel my name else himanshu will surely kill me.

Kaaya Thapliyal said...

I know kalpita, tussi used to call him KUTRIYA :D

Anonymous said...

Kaaya maharani mera naam kyun likha comment me???????? X-(

Kalps!!!

K Himaanshu Meehirs' Shukla said...

Kalpita, Kaaya, Amit R, Mahip, Vije, Mahi kriti and othr anonymous fellows...stop posting comments about my nick names else I will kill u with my bare hands.

Anonymous said...

DUMBOOOOOO

Anonymous said...

Nice Blog...........
I am maharashrian but i dont know about this.....Shame on me....
Roops..

khimaanshu said...

Thank god after long time someone replied with something relevant to this blog. Its ok Rooops...hota hai hai...next year se yaad rakhna...

Anonymous said...

His most famous and universally used and accepted nick name is “nautanki”

Anonymous said...

Melodramatic is another one

:-) Sakshi

Anonymous said...

dhokebaaj aadmi

Anonymous said...

someone from mastek renamed himaanshu to VAPI LIPI ---VAasna PIdit Ling PIsaach

Panchi said...

Ab kya bachche ki jaan loge sab log.

Chickoooo(Himaanshus new nick name invented by Jay) now promise us you will write a blog on your nick names.

Pranaav Jadhav said...

Happy GUdI padwa all!!

Anonymous said...

sexy chickooooooooooooo

Anonymous said...

just add one more to the list..Khimalata

Anonymous said...

KHIMANSHI is the most best....

- Amit R

Anonymous said...

WTF *KHIMALATA* and *KHIMANSHI*

: S@r@

Shweta Raghuvanshi said...

Sukla ji..!!
yeh sab kaun kaun se naye naam se bula rahe hai aapko..bataiye en sabko ki aap ko M.P. mein sab pyar se suklaji kehte hai..

ankit@IMS Indore said...

Hi Himanshu/Mihir/----,

Happy new year.Great work.

FYI Basant does not starts on Gudi padwa.

Anonymous said...

Great Article.

Narendra.

Anonymous said...

one more name TOTAL FILMYYYY

Anonymous said...

Trajedy King

Anonymous said...

"YOOgini ka sautela beta"

Anonymous said...

ek aur
YOOOgini maa ka ladla :D

Anonymous said...

filmy chora

Anonymous said...

Khimu tere itne saare naam h tune kabhi bataya to nahi aaj ye Sab padne ke baad samaj aaya why Mona is safe wid u????? Ammu

Anonymous said...

Meehi ye safe wala funda kya hai?
-Mahi

Kaaya Thapliyal said...

Meehir baby........whatzz this ? so many nick names......wow gr88888......shall I post ur nick name invented and copyrighted by Soniya ?

Rosh said...

amazing comments dude....too funny

Anonymous said...

He-Man-Shoe

Anonymous said...

Himanshu teri college ki best frnd deepti tujhe pyaar se himu kehti thi na ?

Anonymous said...

By the way...Office ka Nick name kya tha tera.....?
Roops

Anonymous said...

we are still searching :D

Anonymous said...

double trouble

Anonymous said...

BABES ;-)

Anonymous said...

kya nick names hai mere *chikne*

Richa Sharma said...

wow sir sa'ab

vansh said...

kya funny comments hai bhaiya

vansh said...

nice write-up

Tiya said...

Chirkut :P happy new year

Anonymous said...

very nyc article mr ghajini

Anonymous said...

hindus are dumb . They dont know the truth about the real god. They make 1000 stories and gods according to their imagination and convenience. They are blind deaf and dumb to understand reality. A statue made of mud stone or clay has no power. Nothing good will happen if u pour flower ghee gold or silk over it. Duumb hindus. Read the vedas and see if there is any mention of ram krishna or any1 in it. No. Still they make up nonsense gods based on story books ramayan and mahabarat like harry potter series. Vedas will show u the truth. But vedas r rare in hindi theres no simple version for common man. Poor hindus r lead by wrong priests and old bad rituals and they r dumb so afraid to break traditions and come and read and listen and follow truth.

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