Ugadi celebrations over Telugu States mark the beginning of a new calendar year ...
Ugadi-Telugu New Year Introduction:
The story goes that Lord Brahma first began creating on the Ugadi Day. Ugadi (yuga + adi) literally means the beginning of a new epoch. Ugadi is a day for families to get together. The houses are subject to spring cleaning and are decorated with strings of mango leaves.. It is also the day for an oil bath at daybreak and offers prayers to mark the beginning of the new year and the recitation of the almanac (Panchang) from a family elders or priests to hear.
Ugadi Festival-Telugu New Year meaning:
It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma that day began the creation - "Chaitra Suddha Padhyami" or the Ugadi day. The calculations of the great Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya also announce the Ugadi Day as the beginning of the new year, the new month and the new day. The beginning of spring also marks a beginning of the new life with plants that acquire new life, shoots and leaves. The liveliness of life and the green fields, meadows full of colorful flowers, means growth, prosperity and well-being.
With the coming of Ugadi of course perfumed jasmine spread a sweet fragrance, which in their own creation of any other is perhaps unsurpassed. While large garlands of jasmine are offered to the gods in houses and temples, jasmine flowers adorn the women's braids in clusters.
Preparations for the Ugadi Festival:
The preparations for the festival start one week ahead. The houses are washed thoroughly. Shopping for new clothes and buying other items that go with the requirements of the festival are made with a lot of excitement.
Ugadi is celebrated with festive fervor in the federal states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh&Telangana. While it is called Ugadi in Andhara&Telangana and Karnataka, in Maharashtra it is known as "Gudipadava".
On Ugadi day, people wake up before dawn break and take a Kopfbad after which they decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The green mango leaves, which are tied to the door, mean a good harvest and a general well-being. It is noteworthy that one Mango leaves and coconuts (as used in a "Kalasam" to initiate any Puja) only at reasonable opportunity to reconcile gods.
People also splash fresh cow water on the floor in front of their house and draw colorful flower patterns. This is a common sight in every household. People lead ritual worship to God who calls his blessings before they begin the New Year. They pray for their health, wealth and prosperity and success in business. Ugadi is also the happiest time to start new ventures.
Special dishes for the Ugadi Festival
"Ugadi Pachchadi" is such a court, which has become a synonym for Ugadi. Bitter-sweet chutney is made from neem buds, hunting, raw mango, tamarind juice and seasoned with cold, pepper and salt. Symbolically it means the six different tastes of life: from bitterness, sweetness and sadness to surprise, anger, fear and disgust.
All experience must be treated with equanimity. Everyone should make a determination that he will calm down this year, what it will happen this year and accept it with good grace and greet everything. Consider everything as for your own good. Men should rise above grief and happiness, success and failure. This is the primary message of the Ugadi Festival.
In Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, edible like "Pulihora", "Bobbatlu" and preparations with raw mango make good with the opportunity. In Karnataka too similar preparations are made, but called "Puliogure" and "Holige". The Maharashtra make "Puran Poli" or sweet "Rotis.