A new day is here again, perfect and untainted. Make the best of it, spreading joy and unconditional love throughout. Whether it’s a New Year or the early morning hours of a bright new day, let’s have this driving force within us that this day of mine will be unpolluted, pure and i will achieve the best out of it. Gudi Padwa, similarly, begins with a new day of the Hindu New Year as per the luni-solar calendar. With the inception of the Shaliwahan calendar, this day signifies the defeat of the Shakas by Gautamiputra Satkarni of the Shaliwahan dynasty.
Also known as Chetichand, Chaitra shudh pratipada, Ugadi or Navreh, the history of which is almost 5,000 years old, Gudi Padwa has many more events associated with it. The importance of this day, that has been written thousands of years ago, relates to perhaps the only festival, in which the prasadam given is bitter, rather than sweet. The significance of consuming bitter neem leaves today, according to scriptures, is that it removes all the impurities from within and one doesn’t have any bitterness left within against any other person.
By consuming bitter neem leaves, if 80% of our physical problems can be healed, can we not heal the remaining with positivity? Shiva consumed poison to save the world and we can surely consume the bitter neem to save ourselves.
This day is considered to be auspicious due to the science of cosmic computation. The sun this day, comes vertically above where the meridians and the equator meet. The reflection of the sun falling upon this point of intersection has a high level of energy and this energy is drawn into households through the Gudi.
Attracting prosperity, good health, and good luck, Gudi Padwa celebrations include the ritual of suspending a copper vessel, from a stick, believed to ward off evil. This process pulls in solar energy into the house, acting as an earthing mechanism. To bring in prosperity along with it, a cloth is added with bitter neem strings, carrying the message that no bitterness from outside enters us or our homes. This is known as the Bramhadhvaj, or Brahma’s flag, after the belief that Brahma saved this world from a deluge, creating time and universe. Some sects also follow the legend of the return of Rama after his 14-year exile in the forest and his subsequent coronation. The season being spring, happiness is in the air. Plants sprout new leaves, and there is general rejuvenation.
The wonderful unity that comes especially with festivals like these, bring oneness with happiness. We are all one with different colours, cultures and
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