GudiPadwa: Navina Varsa (New Year) of Maharashtra

Gudi Padwa

GudiPadwa: Navina Varsa (New Year) of Maharashtra

Gudi Padwa 18th March 2018 : “Maharashtra hai maha maha” is a very catchy line from an advertisement released by Incredible India to promote Maharashtra tourism. True to its name, this maha maha state celebrates festivals with much pomp and gaiety. With so much of splendour and fun surrounding the festivals, Marathi New Year has to be a really special one! People of Maharashtra leave no stone unturned in making the Marathi New Year really memorable!

Maharashtrians celebrate their new year along with the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. That is, Pratipada tithi (first day) of Shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of Chaitra month is celebrated as the Marathi New Year, called as “Gudi Padwa”.

What is Gudi?

Gudi is a bamboo pole decorated with mango leaves, neem leaves, flower garlands and gaathi (sugar crystals). This pole is further decorated with a yellow/green or any bright coloured silk cloth and an inverted silver/brass/copper pot. The pot is decorated with a swastika symbol using a paste made out of vermilion and sandalwood.

Significance of Gudi:

• Gudi is considered to be “Brahma Dwaj” (Lord Brahma’s flag.) According to Brahma Purana, Lord Brahma began the creation of the universe on this day.
• Gudi is also known as “Vijaya Dwaj” (flag of victory) and is symbolic of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, His return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and His coronation as the king of Ayodhya.
• Gudi is considered to be highly auspicious and is believed to stave off evil, dangers and bad luck.
• Gudi brings in prosperity and good luck.

Significance of Gudi Padwa and the appropriate way to celebrate the festival:

• Gudi Padwa is the first day of the traditional Marathi calendar and marks the advent of the new year.
• Wake up early on the day of Gudi Padwa. Apply oil to your hair and body and take a head-bath.
• Decorate the entrance to your home with mango leaves, neem leaves and fresh flowers.
• Decorate the front yard of your home with Rangoli designs.
• Prepare Gudi (as described earlier) before sunrise and hoist it outside the house/on the terrace or on a window.
• Worship the presiding deities at your home.
• Worship Lord Surya by offering tarpan with water, sandalwood paste and flowers. For more details on worshipping Lord Surya, please refer to our article here.
• Reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, Sri Lalita Sahasranama, and Sri Lakshmi Ashtothram on Gudi Padwa is considered to be very auspicious to receive special blessings for the rest of the year.
• Prepare a paste of neem leaves, ajwain, jaggery, tamarind, salt, crushed pepper and mango juice. Have the same on empty stomach after performing puja to reap the health benefits that come from the antibiotic properties of neem, nutritional properties of jaggery and mango, medicinal properties of tamarind, ajwain, salt and pepper.
• Poori, Shrikhand and Puran Poli are the traditional dishes for Gudi Padwa.
• To treat yourself and your family in a much more mouth-watering way on Gudi Padwa, you can add Gulab Jamun, Basundi and Jalebi to your cooking list.
• Cook special vegetarian dishes on Gudi Padwa, offer the same to the presiding deities at your home and honor the remnants as prasad.
• Visit any nearby temple, meet friends and relatives, exchange greetings and begin your new year in a joyous way.

Additional Details:

• Gudi Padwa is also believed to be a celebration of the victory of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj of the Maratha empire.
• Gudi is also known as “Indra Dwaj” (flag of Lord Indra.)
• Konkani people too celebrate their new year on the same day and they call it as “Samvatsar Padvo”.
• People of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka prepare a dish called, “Ugadi Pachadi” for their new year (Ugadi) which is celebrated on the same day as Gudi Padwa.
• Wish to know more about the rituals and celebrations of the new year in your neighbouring states? Have a look here

This year, Gudi Padwa falls on sunday18th March. OnlineTemple wishes you all a very happy new year! May the auspicious Gudi bring a lot of happiness, victory, good fortune and prosperity into your lives! Gudi Padwachya Hardik Subhecha!

Ugadi: The traditional New Year, Telugu and Kannada style

Ugadi

Ugadi: The traditional New Year, Telugu and Kannada style

 

Ugadi : The Kannada/Telugu new year is celebrated on Padyami (first day) of Shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in the month of Chaitra. We call this day as Ugadi and Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka respectively, wherein, yuga refers to a year and adi refers to beginning. Thus, Ugadi/Yugadi marks the beginning of a new calendar year/samvatsara. There are 60 calendar years identified by unique names. Thus, the name of one calendar year repeats once in every 60 years.

Significance of the Ugadi festival:

• It is believed that Lord Brahma began the creation of the universe on this day.

• Ugadi is the first day (padyami) of the first month (chaitra) of the first season (spring) of the Kannada/Telugu calendar. Therefore, it is also known as Chaitra Suddha Padyami/ Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.

• We can ascertain the status of new year to this day based upon the calculations of Bhaskaracharya too.

• As it is the beginning for a new year, any pious activity performed on this day gives an inspiration to perform many more pious deeds and thereby helps in attracting positive results in one’s endeavours throughout the year.

• Panchanga Sravanam (almanac reading) is one of the important rituals of Ugadi, wherein, a learned astrologer predicts future for the upcoming year.

• Ugadi also marks the beginning of Chaitra Navratri, which is highly auspicious for the worship of goddess Durga.

• Special dishes prepared on Ugadi signify the importance of life as a combination of happiness and sorrow, of several emotions and feelings and suggest one to lead a balanced life.

Appropriate way to celebrate the Ugadi festival:

• Prepare for the approaching new year by clearing the clutter and cleaning your home and surroundings.

• Wake up early on the day of Ugadi. Apply oil to your hair and body and take a head-bath.

• Decorate the entrance to your home and office with mango leaves, neem leaves and fresh flowers.

• Worship the presiding deities at your home.

• Worship Lord Surya by offering tarpan with water, sandalwood paste and flowers. For more details on worshipping Lord Surya, please refer to our article here.

• Reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, Sri Lalita Sahasranama, and Sri Lakshmi Ashtothram on Ugadi is considered to be very auspicious to receive special blessings for the rest of the year.

• Prepare Ugadi Pachadi which is a combination of 6 tastes (shat ruchulu) by mixing neem flowers (bitter: representing sorrow), jaggery/ripe banana (sweet: representing happiness), green chilli/pepper (pungent: representing anger), tamarind (sour: representing disgust), grated/minced raw mango (astringent: representing surprise), salt (representing fear) in a bowl full of water. This recipe helps us appreciate the fact that life is a sum total of various pleasant and unpleasant incidents and that we need to accept life the way it comes with gratitude.

• Ayurveda considers each of the above mentioned 6 tastes to be vital for the nutritional requirement and good health of an individual. Ugadi Pachadi is considered to be very beneficial for health owing to the medicinal and healing properties of all its ingredients.

• You can also prepare raw mango rice by adding grated raw mango, salt, pinch of turmeric and seasoning (with curry leaves) to cooked rice.

• You may also prepare Puran Poli, which is a special dish for Ugadi.

• Offer Ugadi Pacchadi, raw mango rice and Puran Poli to your favourite deities and honour the same as prasad.

• If possible, visit a nearby temple and seek blessings.

• Begin the new year with positive thoughts, pious deeds and make a great start for the rest of the year.

 

Hindu New Year is not only celebrated in Andhra Pradesh,Telangana and Karnataka. It is also celebrated in several other states of India.

This year, Ugadi/Yugadi falls on Sunday, 18 March . OnlineTemple wishes you all a very happy new year! May this new year bring a lot of happiness, peace, prosperity, good health and success into your lives! Ugadi Subhakankshalu! Ugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu!

Pray To Lord Venkateshwara The Protector In Kaliyug

Lord Venkateshwara
Lord Venkateshwara

Pray To Lord Venkateshwara The Protector In Kaliyug

The Blessings of Lord Venkateshwara

Lord Venkateswara is another incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Venkateswara has made his abode at seven hills to protect the mankind from the miseries of the Kalyug. As per the Hindu mythology, the creator dissolves his creation at the end of his night. The entire time span for which the creation exists is divided into four periods Satya, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyug. Of the four periods, Kalyug is the worst when all evil forces take controls. Luckily the total of the four periods spans 43.4 billion years.

The Shesnag is the thorn and the his hood is the umbrella over Lord Venkateswara. At the far end of the Dwapar era, the Rishis were performing Yajna, but who will receive the fruits remain undecided. So, Bhrigu set out to find the best among the Trinities of Hindu gods. Bhrigu has one advantage; he had a third eye on his foot. Bhrigu visited the abodes of the Brahma and the Shiva and found them wanting. He then visited the Vishnu and found him in meditation and totally ignoring the sage. Enraged sage kicked Vishnu in the chest, Vishnu woke up and apologized to Bhrigu for hurting his foot and massaged his foot to squash the extra eye out.

Laksmi took it as an insult and left Baikuntham and start meditating at Kolhapur. Vishnu set out to search Laksmi disguises as Srinivasa and reached the seven hills and start meditating. A cow and a calf given by Laksmi used to provide food and nourishment to Srinivasa. A Cowherd sees this stuck the cow with his baton, but the blow struck Srinivasa instead enraged Lord cursed the king for the cruel act of his subject. The king pleads mercy and Srinivasa said to condone his sin he will take his next birth as Akasaraja and must arrange the marriage of her daughter with Srinivasa.

Accordingly Srinivasa married Padamavati daughter of Akasaraja and returned to Tirumala hills. Lakshmi hearing the news reached Tirumala to get an explanation from Srinivasa. Srinivasa seeing Laksmi and Padamavati turned himself to a stone statue. Lord Brahma and Shiva explained that it is lord’s desire to stand by his devotees and disciples to protect them throughout the Kalyug. Srinivasa is Lord Venkateswara, and Laksmi stays on the left and Padamavati at the right of his heart..

Beliefs for worship

Lord Venkateswara is the savior of mankind in the troubled era of Kalyug. If prayed with full devotion the Lord Venkateswara grants all legitimate demands of his disciples.

How to worship Lord Venkateswara

The legend says the Lord Venkateswara taken a loan from 11.4 million gold coins from Kuber to meet the marriage expenses. As per contract witnessed by Brahma and Shiva, the Lord Venkateswara will liquidate the loan before the end of the era. The ornaments donated by the devotees in the hundreds go to repay the debt. This is a kind of worship. But, if you want to worship Lord Venkateswara at home, you must do it after taking a bath with clean and pure heart. You need sincere devotion, and that is all the Lord demands. It is just like your normal puja with incense stick, diya, Tulsi and sandal paste.

Festivals based on Venkateswara

The main festival is Venkateswara Brahmotsavam; it is a nine-day long festival celebrated in the month of October. Other major festivals are Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rathasaptami, Ramnavami, Janmashtami and Ugadi.

Lord Venkateswara grants all legitimate demands of his disciples.

Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai,India

siddivinayak
Shree SiddhiVinayak

Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, India

Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai as it was built with the humble prayer intention that all other women who are childless may enjoy the pleasure of a child on humbly praying to the Lord Ganesh. According to Hindu tradition Lord Ganesh is worshipped before any other deity worship as he is known to be the Lord of all beginnings.

Idol SiddhiVinayak Temple:

The idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Shree SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai was carved out of a single black stone and is 2’6″ (750 mm) high and 2′ (600 mm) wide. The unique feature of this idol which differentiates it from all other idols of Lord Ganesh is that the trunk of the lord is on right hand side. This is rather an unusual appearance of Lord Ganesha.

The deity has four hands with a lotus in his upper right hand and an axe in his upper left hand. He also holds a jaomala in his lower right hand and a bowl of Modak in his lower left hand. From the left shoulder to the right side of the belly of the Lord, there appears a snake which looks like the sacred thread worn by men in the Hindu religion. The idol of Lord Ganesha also features an eye on his forehead which appears as the third eye of Lord Shiva, the father of Lord Ganesha.

On both sides of the idol of Lord Ganesha are placed the idols of goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi. Because of these two deities the temple is known as Siddhivinayak Temple. The goddesses signify wealth and prosperity while Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god who removes all hurdles and problems of life and gives success. He is worshipped before any other deity and before the start of any good work

 History of the Temple : 

Consecrated on 19 November 1801, the original structure of the Siddhivinayak Temple was a small 3.6 m x 3.6 m square brick structure with a dome-shaped brick sikhara. It was a chaturbhuj idol with an eye etched on the forehead.

The temple was built under the supervision of Lakshman Vidhu Patil on the orders of Late Mrs.Deubai Patil. Mrs Patil was a very rich lady from an affluent family but she did not have any child of her own. She was a strong devotee of Lord Ganesha.

One day, while offering her daily prayers she selflessly asked lord Ganesha that if she can not have children then let other ladies with same misfortune may get his blessings while praying in this temple and become mothers.

It seems that the god answered her humble request and pious thoughts. It is said that all wishes are granted in this temple if genuinely prayed to the Lord Ganesha.

Around 125 years ago, Hindu saint Swami Samarth asked his disciple Shri Jambhekar, an advert devotee of Lord Ganesha to bury two divine idols in front of the presiding Ganesh idol at the temple.

where he worshipped daily.Swami Samarth predicted that after 21 years of the burial, a Mandar tree with swayambhu (self-manifested) Ganesha will grow at that spot. The prophecy came true and from that day onwards the belief and devotion of the people in Siddhivinayak temple had increased a hundred times fold.

Ganesha – The remover of Obstacles

about lord ganesha

about lord ganeshaLord Ganesha is revered as the Lord of beginnings as he is the remover of obstacles. He is the patron of learning, intellect, wisdom and also known as Ganapti or Vighneshwara.

Ganesha the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati mounts on a mouse and is having an elephant head.

Lord Ganesha is associated with the following:

Om (Aum) – Om which is the most primal sound of all is a form of Lord Ganesha. The shape of Om is also similar to Ganapati.

First Chakra – Out of seven chakras in human body Ganesh resides in first and foremost chakra called Muladhara. He supports, governs and guides rest six chakras.

Wisdom (Buddhi) – There are various stories about Lord Ganesha’s fondness towards intellect in Puranas and other auspicious Hindu texts. He is also known with the name of Buddhipriya.

Obstacles – Lord Ganesha is worshipped at the start or beginning of new tasks as he is known to remove obstacles in the path of good.

Description of Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is described as the supreme self in Upnishads. His head describes the soul and his body describes Maya.

He holds a goad in his upper right hand to propel mankind forward and to remove obstacles. In his left hand he holds a noose to capture difficulties.

Ganesha is also referred as Ekdanta in many religious texts because of his single tusk, the other being broken. He holds his broken tusk as pen in lower right hand which is a symbol of sacrifice as he broke one of his tusks to use it as a pen for writing Mahabharata.

Flower in his other left hand indicates the continuity of the pursuit of knowledge. Laddoos are his favorite sweet; he keeps them in his trunk which signifies the sweetness of soul.

Worship Lord Ganesha with this mantra to remove obstacles:

“Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada||”

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