Friday, March 27, 2009
Happy Gudi Padwa
Happy Gudi Padwa!
"Gudhi Padwa is especially dedicated to the worship of Lord Brahma. Many legends state that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the corronation of Rama after his return to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile."
here are some recipes for this holiday
and here is a description of the tradition of drawing Rangoli - which is said to have originated in Maharashtra
According to one website (bhavans.info) "Gudi Padwa is the Maharashtra’s New Year day.... It is also called Ugadi in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
People hoist a pole with a shining silver or brass metal vessel fastened to a flowing silk cloth called gudi. Garlands of sweet, sugary, battasa, neem leaves and flowers are tied to the banner.
The story is that on this day Lord Brahma created the Universe. Hence this day is also celebrated as the Birth Day of the earth.
The gudi is tied outside the house, a new Panchangam is placed before the gudi and a puja with haldi (turmeric), kumkum (red powder), chandan (sandalwood paste) and rice is performed.
The custom is to eat a couple of bitter neem leaves fried in ghee and mixed with sugar. Neem leaves are antiseptic and they are eaten on Gudi Padwa to ensure good health..."
Have a wonderful and prosperous new year