Gudi Padwa 2016: Rituals and Muhurat

Gudi Padwa 2016

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There are 2 main reasons for observing Gudi Padwa [8th April] –

  • To celebrate the defeat of Shakas by Shaliavahan
  • To commemorate the victories of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Gudi Padwa 2016: Gudi Hoisting

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  • The most important event on the day is the hoisting of flags on a bamboo staff.
  • The flag hoisted on Maharashtrian New Year is made of green or yellow colored silk cloth.
  • A bright garlanded goblet is hung on top of the flag pole.
  • Neem leaves, mango leaves, garland of red flowers and gaohi (sweet) are hung on the Gudhi.
  • Rangoli is drawn near the Gudi or in front of the house.

Gudi Padwa 2016: Offerings

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  • Offering made of neem leaves and neem flowers and jaggery is distributed on the day.
  • The offering consists of neem leaves and neem flowers, soaked dal, cumin seeds, honey or jaggery and asafetida.
  • The offering symbolically indicates that life is filled with joy and sorrow.

Gudi Padwa 2016: Auspicious Day

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  • Gudi Padwa is one of the most auspicious days in the Marathi Hindu Calendar and is considered ideal for starting new ventures and investment.
  • It is believed that every moment on the Gudhi Padwa day is auspicious.
  • The day also heralds the arrival of the spring season.
  • Farmers make it a point to plough the field on the Gudi Padwa day and they believe it will help in having a good harvest in the ensuing agricultural season.

Gudi Padwa Muhurat

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Marathi Vikram Samvat 2073 Begins
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 16:53 on 7/Apr/2016
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 13:05 on 8/Apr/2016

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