Today is Gudi Padwa, a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year for Marathi Hindus. t is celebrated in and near Maharashtra on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. It is celebrated during spring and is also a harvest festival celebrated in Maharashtra and in Konkan areas. On Gudi Padwa, a special flag, generally of yellow or red colour, is made and is garlanded with flowers, mango and neem leaves. It is topped with upturned silver or copper vessel signifying victory and achievement. Gudi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.
Historically, the Gudi symbolizes Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana and the happiness and celebrations that followed. The festival commemorates the coronation of Rama post his return to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile. Here are some special pics of this auspicious day celebration held today in Maharashtrian community.
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