Ugadi

Ugadi 2023
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Ugadi is an important festival celebrated in the state of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. It represents the beginning of the New Year or Nav Varsh asper the Hindu panchang. This year the festival will fall on the 2nd of April, coinciding with the Marathi festival of Gudi Padwa.

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All About the Ugadi Festival

This festival is celebrated in Chaitra month, as per the Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, it occurs during the months of March or April. The festival is known to herald the harvest season in the country and is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm primarily in the state of Karnataka.

The name Ugadi is a confluence of two words, namely, “Yuga” which means era in Sanskrit, and the word “Adi” which stands for beginning both in Kannada and Sanskrit. The festival is also popularly known as Chandramana Ugadi which stands for the new beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu lunar calendar. On the occasion of this auspicious festival, devotees observe religious rituals and shop to their hearts fill. People around the state partake in heavy shopping activities preceding the first month of the Hindu calendar, that is, Chaitra maas.

Significance of the Ugadi Festival

The festival of Ugadi holds a great deal of significance. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, who is deemed to be the creator of the world, is said to have created the universe on this day. The word “Ugadi” specifically refers to the era in which the current generation exists which is called Kalyuga. Some scriptures of Hinduism also make references to this day as Chaitra Sddha Paadyami. 

The celebrations of Ugadi symbolize the oncoming of the spring season. It also welcomes the harvest season for the farmers of our country. Apart from this, the festival holds so much relevance because it is considered an auspicious day to start any new project. After performing religious rituals ascribed for the day, one can carry out their business transactions to excel and attain luck and prosperity.

Astrological Significance of Ugadi

This festival ushers in a celebratory spirit but it also holds a lot of relevance astrologically. According to the Hindu panchang or the lunisolar calendar, this day initiates a new astronomical cycle. The Earth is tilted on its axis and hence, this tilt allows the northern hemisphere to get the maximum amount of the Sun’s light. This period lasts for over 21 days that are set into motion from the day this festival is celebrated. Astrologically, this period is believed to re-energize the Earth and marks a new beginning for nature and its cycle, all thanks to the bountiful energy of the Sun. This festival thus is emblematic of the period when the Earth is getting energized.

How is Ugadi Celebrated?

The festivities of happy Ugadi are full of cheerful and enthusiastic fervor. People celebrate the day following different rituals. Here are some of the prominent ones:

  • People wake up early before the Sun rises and take a ceremonial bath with oil. It is customary to do so.
  • The Gods and Goddess are also given a bath by pouring water on the idols while chanting mantras.
  • People decorate their houses and their place of work with mango leaves and flowers. The entrance is given special treatment and decorated beautifully.
  • A rangoli is made in front of the house.
  • People get dressed in new clothes and get together to pray and seek blessings, especially seeking the blessings of the Sun god.
  • Following the prayers, people eat Bevu Bella, an important dish made especially on this day. 
  • People also go to the temple together and make offerings to the god, hoping to start the New Year on an auspicious note.
  • Special dishes and sweets are prepared on this day and they are shared with loved ones.
  • People also make it a point to hear the Panchang, which is ceremonial and is known as Panchang Shravanam. The priests and astrologers read it. If not, the eldest member of the family is given this responsibility.
  • Based on your moon sign, predictions are made for the New Year by learned individuals on this day.

Special Dishes Made on the Occasion of Ugadi

The day is celebrated by making a special dish that depicts six different flavors, each for the different flavors of life. This special recipe is called Bevu Bella or Ugadi Pachadi. The word “Bevu” stands for bitterness while “Bella” means sweet. Mixing neem leaves with chili, tamarind, mango, jaggery, and salt, this dish is cooked. This dish has great symbolic meaning where each ingredient represents the different essence of life, as enlisted below:

  1. Neem leaves give a bitter taste to the dish, representing the difficulties of life.
  2. Raw mangoes offer a tangy flavor that represents the surprises that greet us in life.
  3. Chilli powder gives a spicy taste that stands for anger.
  4. Tamarind gives a sour taste that is to symbolizes the challenges in life.
  5. Jaggery introduces sweetness and is symbolic of happy days.
  6. Salt stands for the interesting moments in life.

All these different flavors are mixed together to represent life in its entirety, with all its ups and downs.

Regional Names of Ugadi

This festival is celebrated to mark the upcoming New Year. It is celebrated all across the nation, however, its name changes. Here are the different names associated with the Ugadi celebration:

  1. Baisakhi in Punjab and other Northern states
  2. Pohela Boishakh in West Bengal
  3. Navreh in Kashmir
  4. Vishu in Kerala
  5. Losoong in Sikkim
  6. Bohag Bihu in Assam
  7. Puthandu in Tamil Nadu
  8. Bestu Varas in Gujrat
  9. Barhaspatyamana in Vindhya Hills
  10. Sajibur Cheiraoba in Manipur

Legends Associated with Ugadi

It is well-known that Diwali is celebrated on the day that Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya after defeating the evil king, Ravana. However, it was on the day of Chaitra Paadyami, according to the Hindu calendar, that Lord Rama was crowned the king of Ayodhya. His Rajyaabhishek thus coincides with the day that Ugadi celebrations take place. This is why this day is considered so auspicious and is eagerly awaited for initiating all new projects.

On this day of Telugu Ugadi 2023, every individual will be wishing for a fresh start in the upcoming year and seeks the blessings of the Gods to excel in every venture of their lives!

To know more about this occasion of Telugu New Year 2023, get connected with Astroyogi astrologers right away!
 

 

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