When lord Rama entered Ayodhya after winning the war against the mighty Ravana, the city welcomed him by raising gudi or gudhi [doll] at their houses. 2000 years ago same day emperor Gautamiputra satkarni defeated exotic enemy Shakas and earned back his lost empire.
On Gudi Padva a gudi is found sticking out of a window or otherwise prominently displayed in households. Bright green or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gaathi (sugar crystals), neem leaves and a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. Altogether, it is called as Gudi. It is hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it. So these new beginning of winning after the war is celebrated as the Hindu New Year, "Gudi Padwa".
The month of chaitra begins with the arrival of spring and fresh notes sung by cuckoo that creates melodic atmosphere. This arrival of New Year is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Sindh, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Gudi Padva is also known as Ugadi, Yugadi or Cheti in various parts of India.
India is a multi-cultural country with agriculture as its main source of economy. Every social or religious activity has its deep root in culture of India way back to centuries. Gudi Padva is one of the three and half auspicious muhurtas [time] in India hence people tend to buy new home, new car, jewellery, clothes and any household item on this auspicious muhurta of gudi padva.
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