Ugadi Festival

April 11, 2013

According to the Hindu Calendar, Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the bright fortnight ('Shukla Paksha') of the first month ('Chaitra') in the first season of the year i.e., Spring ('Vasanta'). This day is celebrated as the New Year Day in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. While it is called Ugadi or Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, it is celebrated as Gudi Padva in Maharashtra. The word ‘Ugadi’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yugadi’, which means ‘beginning of a new Yuga or era’. Legend has it that this was the day on which Lord Krishna shed His body, signalling the end of the Dwapara Yuga and the commencement of the Kali Yuga. It is also believed that Lord Brahma created the Universe on this day, it marks the beginning of the new Hindu lunar calendar, with a change in the moon's orbit. Lord Brahma is believed to have created the days, nights, weeks, months, seasons and years to count time.

On Ugadi, it is the tradition to begin the day by partaking of a special preparation known as ‘Ugadi Pacchadi’. Six ingredients go into the making of this dish, each one representative of the six tastes:

 

 

  • Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness
  • Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness, signifying Happiness
  • Green Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste, signifying Anger
  • Salt, signifying Fear
  • Tamarind Juice for its sourness, signifying Disgust
  • Unripened Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise

 

This reminds us to accept both the joys and sorrows that life offers us with equal mindedness.

Leaving the past behind and starting afresh with positive expectation is one of the key aspects of Ugadi. Ugadi heralds the beginning of spring: the season of joy, plenty, growth and prosperity. Spring ushers in new life on earth.Vasanta Navratri (the nine day spring festival) commences on this day and ends on Ramnavami, nine days later. Devotees perform ritualistic pujas and seek blessings from God for health, wealth, prosperity, and success in businesses and work as well. It is for this reason that it is considered the best time to take on new ventures or personal goals for betterment of oneself. The day is preceded by the pre-Ugadi preparations that begin a few days before the actual day. It includes thoroughly cleaning the entire household and shopping for new clothes and other items that go with the requirements of the festival.

 

The day starts with devotees waking up before dawn and taking oil baths according to the ritual, after which they decorate their houses: the front with extensively prepared colorful rangolis and the doors and windows with strings of mango leaves that signify good crop and general well-being over the year.

On Ugadi, two very special sacred fire ceremonies, Navagraha Homa (homa to strengthen benefic planets, increase their positive influence and pacify malefic planets and neutralize their negative effects) and Chandi Homa (homa for peace and welfare) will be performed at Amma's Penisula Ashram in India.

 

For Details of the Navagraha and Chandi Homa sponsorship, please click here.

 

 

 

Wishing You All A Happy and Prosperous Ugadi

Ugadi Shubhakankshalu

(Telegu)

Yugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu

(Kannada)

 

Gudhi padvyachya hardik shubhechcha

(Marathi)

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May All Beings Be Happy

Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi
May All Be in Peace

 


 

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