Gudi Padwa 2019: Date, time, tithi of puja in Marathi New Year
New Delhi : Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of a year for Marathi people across the globe. This year, Marathi New Year will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6th, 2019. Scroll down the page to know significance, date, time, muhurat and rituals in Gudi Padwa 2019.
Gudi Padwa is a spring-time festivals which coincides with the start of the New Year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus in the subcontinent. It is celebrated in and around Maharashtra on the first day of the month of Chaitra, according to the Hindu calendar.
People celebrate Gudi Padwa by decorating house floors with rangolis, dancing and preparation of delicious sweet and savoury foods. The festival coincides with Ugadi celebrations in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and is observed by Telugu Hindus. The festival marks the beginning of spring and the reaping of Rabi crops.
Gudi Padwa 2019 tithi and muhurat
According to Hindu Panchang, the Pratipada Tithi mahurat begins at 14:20 or 02:20 pm on April 5th, 2019. The Pratipada Tithi ends at 15:23 or 03:23 pm on April 6th, 2019.
Gudi Padwa rituals
On the day of Gudi Padwa, devotees begin their day with oil bath, followed by prayers and the consumption of neem leaves is said to be compulsory.
In North India, the nine-day festival of Chaitra Navaratri begins on the Gudi Padwa. Gudhi flags are also erected on houses, as a part of the Gudi Padwa celebrations in Maharashtra. The flag consists of bright and colourful silk-scarf like cloth tied atop a bamboo stick and on the top end of the stick, boughs of neem and mango leaves, along with a garland of flowers is also attached. The stick is capped with a silver or bronze pot or kalash, which signifies victory or achievement. Gudi, flag is said to ward off evil and bring prosperity and good luck into the house that it is hoisted outside.
Gudi Padwa significance
The main significance of Gudi Padwa is the belief that Lord Brahma created the Universe on this day. To some people, this festival is said to signify the coronation of Lord Rama as the King of Ayodhya, as per the Hindu epic Ramayana, after his victory over the demon king of Sri Lanka.