Gudhi Padva

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gudhi Padva celebrates the new year in parts of South India and in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, which is home to the Siddha Yoga Ashram Gurudev Siddha Peeth. Gudhi Padva is one of the most auspicious holidays of the year as determined by the Indian lunar calendar. Gudhi Padva is an occasion for great festivity and rejoicing. It is considered an especially favorable day to begin new projects.

Gudhi Padva is said to be the day Lord Brahma created the universe, which is the beginning of Satyayuga, the Age of Truth. In the epic the Ramayana, it is also the day when Lord Rama comes home from defeating the demon Ravana.

In Sanskrit, the word padva signifies the first day after the new moon. Gudhi is Brahma’s flag, representing victory and auspiciousness. Traditionally, this is a bright orange, golden yellow, or red flag, displayed on a tall bamboo pole with a garland of flowers and a copper or silver pot inverted on top of it. After sunrise on this day, it is customary for a gudhi to be displayed at the entrance of homes in the areas of India where Gudhi Padva is celebrated. For the holiday, homes are thoroughly cleaned and decorated with rangoli designs, flowers, and mango leaves, which symbolize nature's bounty.