Ugadi – New Year, Fresh Beginning, Here Again to Instill Renewed Hope!

Mangalore, March 16, 2010

The new Hindu Year starts on Chaitra Shukla Padya day (which falls on March 16 this year), as per the Hindu lunar calendar. Ugadi literally means the ‘beginning of a new era’, and signifies the onset of the spring season. It is believed that on this day, vibes from Lord Brahma, creator, happen to be on full bloom, and that any task taken up on this day moves ahead without any obstacles.

On Ugadi day, people get up early, apply oil and rub their bodies, before taking bath in hot water. The front door and puja room of the house are decorated with festoons created by using mango leaves and red flowers. Attractive Rangolis are drawn on the ground ahead of the front door, after washing it cleanly.  As it is the day of the creator, Lord Brahma is worshipped at first, followed by Lord Vishnu. People visit temples, offer puja to the presiding deities and collect and consume a concoction made by heating neem leaves and flowers, split Bengal gram and jaggery, which is first offered to the deity, to indicate that the people are duty-bound to accept successes and bitter experiences that they might encounter during the year, without getting unduly ecstatic or perturbed.

On this day, reading of the new Panchangam (Hindu almanac) that begins from this day, wherein detailed predictions for the new year are given, are arranged with help of scholars, at temples and other places. Listening to these details is considered to be auspicious. On this day, flags are hoisted at the temples, special pujas are performed, and prayers are offered for the well-being of the devotees.

Customarily, people wear new clothes on this day. Like the new spouts of various vegetations that take birth during this season, it is believed, that people who wear new clothes on this New Year Day keep getting new clothes, and those who remain happy on Ugadi, continue to happy all through the year.

In Mangalore, normaly Kotte (Idli batter steam-cooked in shapes woven by using jack fruit leaves), tender coconut and Tondekai, bengal gram ghashi, Podi and Madgane (sweet porridge) are made on Ugadi, which are offered as 'Naivedya' to the Lord before being consumed.

by Suresh Padiyar - Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
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Comment on this article

  • Aalemabu Sdvani, Joduraaste/Bailur

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    To all hindu/christian/muslim berthern..happy ugadi..a traditional custom of all our forefathers..we should not forget of our past..jai ho..

  • naveen pinto, Karkala/ Dubai, Karkala, Udupi Dist, Karnataka

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    "HAPPY UGADI" to you all..

  • Father Sequeira, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Happy Ugadi to all Hindu brothers and sisters and their families

  • Lexy Saldanha, Mangaluru/Sydney Australia

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Yuga Yugadi Kaledaru Yugadi Marali Baruthide that is how the old Kannada song goes.
    Happy Yugadi to all my Hindu brothers & sisters, good health& prosperity.

  • Ramesh Kundar, Harady/Al-Jouf

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Akkareya Olavinalli Sakkareyanta Savi Irali aa Savi Sukavannu Hottu tharuva Ugadi Nimmadagali.
    "Wish You All Happy Ugadi"


    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

  • Vasudha, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Happy UGADI to all...

  • jayaram shetty, saibarakatte,.brahmavar/kuwait

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    ellarigu hosa varshada hardika shubhashayagalu.

  • ASHOK, Udupi/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Happy new year ( Ugadi) to all.

  • Simon Francis Lasrado, sullia/Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Dear Hindu community worldwide,

    Wishing you all a Happy ugadi.May you have many SIHI and little KAHI in your life.May your life be life be like Bevu and Bella.All the best

  • Lynette Rodrigues, Bantwal, Mangalore,

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Happy Ugadi to all. May the Lord almighty bless everyone with good health,joy, peace , love, happiness and prosperity. May the Lord Almighty Bless You all....Happy Ugadi... have a good time with your family

  • Lancelot N Tauro, Mangalore/Doha Qatar

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Wish Everyone Happy Ugadi.

  • Satish Naik, Vitla/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Wish you happy Ugadi for all Daiji readers

  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Happy ugadi to All. As Ugadi brings all fresh things, let us refresh our minds also.

  • Francis Moras, Cascia, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish all people of Hindu community a happy and joyous Ugadi.

    May good Lord shower his choicest blessings on you all on this special day and everyday, grant you good health, happiness, long life and prosperity.

    May the love that brought together continue to deepen and grow bringing you joy and contentment as the days and the years come and go...

    With wishes and prayers from:
    Francis Moras

  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Mar 15 2010

    To all my dear peace loving hindu brothers and siters, sons and daughters, I wish all of you a happy and wonderful ugadi, festivity of new year. May this new year of yours be filled with joy, achievements, happiness, health, prosperity and lots of peace and peace of mine. Enjoy... May God bless you all

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