Today is the festival of Gudi Padwa. This festival is celebrated on 25 March every year on Wednesday. It has special meaning to celebrate. Gudi means Vijay Parv i.e. the festival of victory and Padwa means Pratipada.
As per Gregorian calendar If we seen according to Hindi month, this festival is celebrated on Pratipada on the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. This festival can also be called Vijay Parv or Vijay Utsav. Because on this day Bhagwan Ram conquered king Bali.
Therefore, on this day the house is well decorated and worshiped by offering Naivedh to Lord Shri Ram, Navadurga, and Hanuman Ji in a formal manner.
what is meaning of Gudi Padwa
Gudi Padwa means Vijay Utsav and Padwa means Pratipada. This festival is celebrated as Victory Day in South India because everyone has got freedom from the terror of monkey king Bali. Lord Rama got the victory by killing Bali, which is called Gudi.
On this day, in every house in South India, the flag is decorated with bondage. In Maharashtra too, this festival is celebrated in every household. And in every house, the victory sign is decorated. It is also believed that on this day Brahma ji also created the universe and on this day also the beginning of Satyuga was also started.
Gudi padwa puja vidhi
It starts from 24 Marche on Tuesday 2.57 minutes to 25 March Wednesday till 5.26 minutes. Meanwhile, devotees can offer prayers. In Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, this festival is considered with great joy and gaiety. It is also considered as the beginning of the New Year.
South India is related to the Ramayana period. According to a belief, when demon king Lanka Ravana took away Mother Sita to Lanka, a huge army was necessary to fight Lord Rama with Ravana.
So he befriended Sugriva by killing Bali, the king of the apes. This freed the people of South India from Bali and that day was a pratipada. Therefore, the victory flag is hoisted as a victory festival.
According to another legend story, King Shalivahana had killed the army by creating an army of soil and thus eliminated the enemies. Shalivahana shak also begins on this day.
On this day farmers also look very happy because, in order to have a good harvest, they also thank the goddess and ask for blessings to keep our stock always full of money.