Gudi Padwa 

The Chaitra month of the Indian calendar has the first day as a very auspicious day as this is the day when the Marathi New year commences. This is the day of Gudi Padwa when the Maharashtrians and many other Indians celebrate the festival with a lot of pomp and grandeur. The word Gudi Padwa comes from the Sanskrit word which means the first day of the brighter phase of the moon. Padwa is a word that is got from the first day of the Indian lunar month and it occurs in the first day after new moon which is called Amavasya. On this day, a Gudi is erected thus the festival gets its name. Padavo or padhwa is also connected with the third day of the festival of Diwali. This is the festival that is celebrated as the harvesting season. Gudi Padwa is one of the auspicious days for the Sade Teen Muhurtas of Maharashtrians as per the Indian lunar calendar.

So the list of Gudi Padwa amongst the Maharashtrians is the following:

Gudi Padwa is one the first tithi of Chaitra which is the brighter half. Vijayadashami is the 10th tithi of Ashwin and the balipratipada on the first tithi of the month of Kartika which is the brighter half. Akshaya Tritiya is also a Padwa which is considered to be very auspicious. Gudi Padwa is also the day when the shalivahana calendar commences when he defeated the hunas in battle. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Brahma created the world when there was a deluge and it is said that the time started to be calculated from this day. This is the day when the sun has a position above the point where the meridians and the equator meet. As per the Hindu calendar this s the day when the spring season or the Vasant Ritu starts. On the day of Gudi Padwa there is a gudi that is found hung on the windows of every household and is normally displayed in a true Maharashtrian style. The Gudi is a bright yellow or a green cloth which is decorated with a lot of brocade or zari which is tied on the top of a long bamboo where you have gathi or sugar crystals, a mango twig and neem leaves. There is a red flowered garland that is tied around it.

 Chaitra Navratri

Chaitra Navratri is nine days festivity which starts on the first day of Hindu Luni-Solar calendar and falls in the month of March or April.
Chaita is the first month of Hindu lunar calendar and because of it this Navratri is known as Chaitra Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri. Rama Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama usually falls on the ninth day during Navratri festivity. Hence Chaitra Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri.

All nine days during Navratri are dedicated to nine formsnine forms of Goddess Shakti. Most customs and rituals followed during Shardiya Navratri, which falls in the month of September or October, are also followed during Chaitra Navratri. Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi for Shardiya Navratri and Chaitra Navratri is same.

Chaitra Navratri is more popular in northern India. In Maharashtra Chaitra Navratri begins with Gudi Padwa and in Andhra Pradesh it begins with Ugadi.

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