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Gudi Padwa: The Maharashtrian New Year

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Wishes for Gudi Padwa
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In the hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of it marks the beginning of a New Year for many Indian states. The month begins with a new moon day around March or April, which turns new year for many hindu households. States like Tamil Nadu call this New Year as Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu while the same is Ugadi in Karnataka or Sansar Padwa in Goa. In case of the state of Maharashtra, this New Year that marks the beginning of spring is referred to as Gudi Padwa.

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Gudi Padwa celebrations
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An important and significant day of celebration for Maharashtrians, this day involves certain set of rituals and ceremonies that Maharashtrians perform as part of their culture.

Abhyangasnan, or the holy bath

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Ingredients of Abhyangasnan
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The Gudi Padwa day usually starts with an extensive oil bath followed by a dip in a nearby river. Though now, the bath happens at home only but necessarily ends with a distinct dress code for both men and women. Men on this day, stick to traditional attire like kurta, pajama and turban. Maharshtrian women wear a nine yard saree tucked to their back, more popular as kastha or nauvari.

Rangoli, or decorating the house

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A Gudi Padwa Rangoli
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Cleaning the house is important in Gudi Padwa. Cow dung is use to sweep the courtyard, followed by colorful floral decorations by the doorstep. This is called rangoli, and the same is also done in many other hindu festivals. Vermillion, rice powder and turmeric are mandatorily used in this rangoli. In modern times, some add flowers and candles to the same to highlight the decoration.

The Gudi, or the flag hoisting

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Women decorating the ‘gudi’
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On Gudi Padwa, every Maharashtrian household hoists an upside down new kalash made of silver, copper or bronze covered in a red, yellow or saffron cloth. The same contains a gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, coconuts, mango leaves and marigold flowers that signify a rich harvest. After hoisting it’s positioned to the right side of main entrance of the house so that passerby or neighbours can see it from a distance. Many call this as ‘the flag of Brahma’ (Brahmadhvaj) as on the same day, Lord Brahma is believed to have created the universe. Those who hoist the saffron flag, is believed to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Puja, or spiritual worship

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Yagna being performed
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While offering to Lord Brahma on the day of Gudi Padwa, one necessarily needs to offer davna (a fragrant plant). This is followed by a sacrificial fire called as ‘hom’, ‘havan’ or ‘yagna’. This fire ritual is common in many other hindu celebrations and denotes welcome of wealth, health and perish of evil from the family.

Neem, a part of the prasadam

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The neem prasadam
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No hindu festival is complete without a delicious food chart. In Gudi Padwa, the finger licking dishes are pooran poli, soonth panak, chana and shrikhand. Also, neem is a mandatory in this day’s menu. Tender leaves and flowers of neem is mixed with soaked split gram lentil (dal) or soaked gram, honey, cummin seeds, jaggery and asafoetida to make it a tasty item in the menu.

Traditional Garba Dance
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Best Dandiya Events You Can Head To This Navaratri

The much awaited Navaratri festival brings the zeal of nine nights and ten days where one cannot resist swaying to the beats of the traditional Garba and Dandiya. These nine days the entire nation is caught on by the fever of Dandiya. The authentic Dandiya night and the rhythmic beats of Garba ushers you to the colourful euphoria of nine extravagant nights.

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Traditional Garba Dance
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However, you need to be at the right events to witness the best celebrations across the country.

Here’s a list of places you should be at to enjoy this Navaratri season and take pleasure in the festive delicacies.

Loveshack, Bangalore

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Loveshack, Bangalore
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Dandiya event is organised in the plush interiors of the Loveshack where visitors can groove to the beats of the music along with digging in a huge variety of delicious food. The Bollywood music played at the venue is the main highlight which attracts everyone to hit the dance floor.

Vivantaby Taj, Chennai

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Vivanta By Taj
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DandiyaGarbaRass is organised by Vivanta that is full of fun, dancing, enchanting food and much more. This event is one of the most awaited festive events in the city. One can witness the traditional Gujarati way of celebrating Navaratri by performing the authentic Garba and Dandiya.

Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai

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Most of the crowd in Mumbai heads to Sofitel Hotel for the best Dandiya experience during Navaratri. Mumbai has always earned the distinction of organising the best of events. Dandiya is no exception. The event is more of a classic party where you can experience much more than just Garba and music. The large spread of food can well excite your taste buds here.

Naramada, The Gate Way, Ahmedabad

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Naramada-The Gate Way
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The vivid regional food delicacies at the Gate Way makes your Dandiya night even more enticing and euphoric. Ahmedabad is the best destination to experience the vibrant colour and festivity of Navaratri. The authentic Gujarati cuisine and culture defines this festival like no other.

Exploring Bhopal

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Bhopal – the City of Lakes
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Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, is also a ‘City of Lakes’. It is known for its historical past and the well-knit influx of history and mordernity that can be felt at any nook or corner of the city. Bhopal is a place where the ancient and the contemporary and multiple religious groups co-exist peacefully. There are parts of the city that are the proofs of the rich history of Bhopal while the newer metropolitan developments display a great feat in the fields of commerce and trade. The dedicated efforts to keep Bhopal beautiful with well planned gardens and parks. The natural scenic beauty of Bhopal is quite capturing since it flourishes over seven hills and two fascinating lakes.

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Sultan Shah Jahan – Begum of Bhopal who commissioned the Taj-Ul-Masjid
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Bhopal’s history has a unique turn in it when for four successive generations, 1819-1926, the city was ruled by only Begums (Queens). The city saw much infrastructural chrysalis during this time like improvement of postal system, drainage and sewage systems and railways. The Begums also invested in building artistic monuments that stand with pride even today.

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Bhimbetka Caves
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The city has many tourist attractions. The Taj-Ul-Masjid is one of Asia’s largest mosques and is simply amazing in terms of architecture and magnanimity. The lakshmi Narayan temple, built on the Arera Hill, is a beautiful place that deeply resonates peace and tranquility. The Bhimbetka Caves depict the pre-historic, notably Neolithic age of man, through the cave paintings which were made circa 10000B.C. Sanchi Stupa is one of the most common names that you came across in the early chapters of history in school. This place boasts of the remnants of Buddhist culture through monasteries, tombs, temples and pillars. Th Great Stupa, which is said to have been built over the relics of the Buddha was commissioned by Ashoka the Great in the 3rd Century B.C. There are over 30-45 amazing spots you should visit when in Bhopal.

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Achari Gosht
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It is a well known fact that the most prominent flavours of any city can be best tasted at the street shops and local food centres instead of polished restaurants. But some restaurants do take pride in serving the authentic flavours of the city. The prolonged Muslim rule in Bhopal has blessed the cuisine with an impressive line of spicy meat dishes, curries and kebabs alongside some very tasty vegetarian options. Dishes like Rogan Josh, Biryani, Pulav and Achari Gosht are few of the very popular culinary wonders available. A glass of refreshing sugarcane juice, a seasonal fruit dessert and then a Bhopali Paan is all you’d need to complete your meal!

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