Why Is the Flag Hoisted on Gudi Padwa?
Why Is the Flag Hoisted on Gudi Padwa?

Gudi Padwa, also known as Ugadi, marks the Hindu New Year, celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month. It is a festival of great significance, symbolizing the onset of a new year according to the Hindu lunar calendar. In 2024, Gudi Padwa falls on April 9th. On this auspicious day, people adorn themselves in new clothes and decorate their homes with utmost fervor.

The festivities include the worship of Lord Vishnu along with Lord Brahma. Among the Marathi community, Gudi Padwa is celebrated with immense zeal and grandeur. A tradition associated with this day is the installation of new flags atop temples. Some households also hoist flags to mark the occasion, believing it to bring good fortune—a symbol of prosperity and auspicious beginnings.

There are deeper reasons behind the tradition of hoisting flags on Gudi Padwa:

Significance of Flag Color:
The saffron color of the flag holds special significance. It is believed that hoisting a saffron flag atop one's home brings prosperity and ensures continued happiness and abundance.

Direction for Flag Placement:
According to Vastu Shastra, placing the flag in the northeast direction of the house is considered auspicious, ensuring positive energies and blessings for the household.

Preferred Flag Design:
Flags come in two shapes—triangular and rectangular. While both are acceptable, a saffron flag adorned with symbols like Swastika or Om is considered superior, believed to enhance the auspiciousness of the occasion.

Benefits of Hoisting Flags:
As per astrological beliefs, hoisting flags on the rooftop brings success, fame, and victory to the household. Additionally, it is believed to ward off illnesses, sorrow, and negativity, ensuring overall well-being and prosperity for the residents.

Gudi Padwa is not just a day of celebrations but also a time for reflection, renewal, and the invocation of positive energies for the year ahead. The tradition of hoisting flags symbolizes these aspirations for prosperity, happiness, and success in the new year.

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