Gudi Padwa 2024 Date Shubh Muhurat, Puja Timing, About Festival

The festival of Gudi Padwa is another Indian festival that has special significance. It is celebrated during Chaitra month. Like every year, in 2024, Gudi Padwa will be celebrated on 9th April. It will be celebrated on Tuesday. The other name of this festival is Samvatsar Padvo. It is celebrated as the first day of the Maharashtrians and the Konkanis.

Shubh Muhurat of the festival

You must be eager to know about the shubh muhurat of the Gudi Padwa festival. The Pratipada tithi will begin on 8th April, 2024 at 11.50 PM and end on 9th April 2024, at 08.30 PM. You have to commence and complete the puja within this time. It is a long time and enough to end by this duration.  Please make and complete all the preparations by this time.

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Puja timing of Gudi Padwa

It is found that the Marathi Vikram Samvat 2079 starts within this time. All people who want to celebrate this festival must commence the puja within this reasonable period. It will take some time to complete the puja and its associated rituals. The puja is not limited to the Maharashtrians, but the south Indians also celebrate this festival.

About Gudi Padwa

As per Hindu mythology, this is an auspicious day because Lord Vishnu started creating the Universe right from this date. In addition to this, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana on this day. Thus, this day carries a special significance to the people. The Gudi raised on this day stands as a symbol of victory. It is raised to reflect that goodness will win over evil. There may be ups and downs, but good will gain success at the end. This day also marks the victory of the Shakas over the Huns. King Shalivahana defeated the Huns on this auspicious day. This is the day Satya Yug began. It is a historical phase.

A lot of rituals are performed during this day. The rituals commence right from the morning. The devotees have to wake up early in the morning. They have to take a holy dip by applying oil all over the body. The women of the house decorate their house with beautiful flowers and mango leaves. In village, you may notice that people are plastering their house with cow dung. It is a typical picture. On this day, worship and puja are offered to Lord Vishnu.

Gudi is one of the essential items on this puja. Gudi is made with neem leaves and tied with yellow and red cloth. Just at the top of this, silver or a copper pot is placed. People have the right to decorate their Gudi with various decorative items. They also give Rangoli in and around the Gudi. This gives a different look to the whole thing. After making Gudi, worship is offered to Lord Vishnu to get his divine blessings.

Gudi Padwa is not only limited to the Maharashtrians, but the people of Andhra Pradesh and other southern Indian states perform this puja. Everyone wears new dresses to welcome the New Year.

Gudi Padwa FAQ

Question 1. What is Gudi Padwa?

Answer 1. Gudi Padwa, also known as Marathi New Year, is a Hindu festival that marks the traditional New Year for the people of Maharashtra and some other Konkani-speaking communities. It falls on the first day of the Chaitra month, which usually corresponds to March or April of the Gregorian calendar.

Question 2.How is Gudi Padwa celebrated?

Answer 2. Gudi Padwa is celebrated with various rituals. People hoist a Gudi (a decorated flag or banner) outside their homes, symbolizing victory and prosperity. It is also common to clean and decorate homes, wear new clothes, and prepare festive meals.

Question 3.What is the significance of hoisting the Gudi?

Answer 3. The Gudi symbolizes the victory of the Marathas led by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness to the household. The Gudi is often adorned with neem leaves, mango leaves, a garland of flowers, and a silk cloth.

Question 4.Are there any special dishes associated with Gudi Padwa?

Answer 4. Puran Poli, a sweet flatbread stuffed with lentils and jaggery, is a traditional dish associated with Gudi Padwa. People also prepare other festive foods such as Shrikhand, Puri, and various sweets to mark the occasion.

Question 5.Is Gudi Padwa celebrated only in Maharashtra?

Answer 5. While Gudi Padwa is a major festival in Maharashtra, it is also celebrated in other states under different names. In Karnataka, it is known as Yugadi, in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as Ugadi, and in other regions, it may be celebrated as the New Year. The customs and traditions may vary, but the essence of welcoming the New Year remains the same.

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