PM Modi greets people at start of traditional New Year Chaitra Navratri
PM Modi greets people at start of traditional New Year Chaitra Navratri

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, march 22, greeted countrymen happiness and prosperity on the occasion of various festivals that herald the beginning of the traditional new year. He also greeted people on the first day of 'Chaitra Navratri', 'Gudi Padwa' and 'Navreh.'

PM alSo extended 'Cheti Chand' greetings to the Sindhi community and wished people on Sajibu Cheiraoba, which is specially observed in Manipur.

In multiple tweets, PM Modi also wished people on the start of Navratri. With the day marking the beginning of the ancient 'Vikram Samvat', a traditional Hindi new year, the Prime Minister hoped that the country will reach new heights of progress. He also greeted people on the occasions of Gudi Padwa and Navreh.
Meanwhile, Congress stalwart Rahul Gandhi also extended his greetings to people on the occasion. "Today people are celebrating various festivals in different regions of the country - Chaitra Navratri, Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Sajibu Cheiraoba and Chetichand," Rahul wrote on Twitter.

Significance of Gudi Padwa: The Hindu New Year begins with Gudi Padwa. The spirit of the festival of Gudi Padwa is especially seen in the state of Maharashtra. Also, this  festival celebrated with pomp in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Gudi means victory flag. There is a tradition of hoisting pataka (flag) on ​​the day of Gudi Padwa. On the day of Gudi Padwa, people of Marathi community worship by tying Gudi outside the house. It is considered an indicator of happiness and prosperity. 

As per Hindu mythology, it is said that Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. It is also said that Lord Brahma further created the concept of days, weeks, months and years on the day of Gudi Padwa. The festival is called Ugadi in South India and is considered to be the first day of the creation of the universe. This is why Lord Brahma is worshipped on this day.

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