Gudi Padwa, mainly celebrated in Maharastra and Kokang ghats of India maps is considered as the as the new year. As per the old beliefs, it is the start of new Samvatsara, a cycle of sixty years. All sixty Samvatsara have distinct names. On this day, the procedure of the puja plays the significant role in the celebration of any festival.
Here is how the Gudi Padwa should be performed:
Material required to perform the puja:
yellow or green colure cloth
mango and neem leaves
Lord Brahma idol
- The devotees take an oil bath in the morning before offering their prayers. Scriptures suggest that oil bath removes all the impurities from your body and makes it pristine.
- A rangoli should be made at the entrance of your house, at the puja place along with a swastika of Kumkum.
- The puja should be performing with all your family members and in the right corner of the house.
- Place the bunting of mango and neem leaves at the top of your doors.
- Make a Gudi for the puja. To make the Gudi, first, take the bamboo stick of medium length and place the green or yellow cloth on the very tip of the stick. Tie few neem and mango leaves around the cloth. Next, tie a garland of red flowers along with a few sugar crystals. A cleaned copper or silver inverted pot should be placed over the cloth. Your Gudi is ready and places it on the right side of the entrance of your home.
- Once the Gudi is placed, chant the mantras of Lord Brahma and do prayer.
- After the puja, distribute the prasad to everyone.
- The phrase of Gudi padwa includes few neem leaves and flowers, soaked dal, a tsp. of honey, a few cumin seeds (jeera), and a pinch of Hing (asafoetida).
- The puja gets complete only when you drink the water from the inverted pot next morning.
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