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Ugadi- The beginning of a new age – DID YOU KNOW THIS?

This is the name of the festival mostly used in the southern part of India - Ugadi

India. March 31. UITV. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the words yuga (age) and adi (beginning): "the beginning of a new age. Yugadi or Ugadi falls on "Chaitra Shudhdha Paadyami" or the first day of the bright half of the Indian month of Chaitra.

In Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh a special dish called puran poli are prepared on this occasion. This special dish is called Bhakshalu Boorelu in which is eaten with fresh ghee in Andhra Pradesh Telangana state.

 These are eaten along with the Ugadi Pachchadi mentioned earlier. In Karnataka a special dish called obbattu or Holige is prepared.

It consists of a filling (gram and jaggery boiled and made in to a paste) stuffed in a flat roti-like bread. It is usually eaten hot or cold with ghee or milk topping or coconut milk at some places of Karnataka.

In Mysuru, the erstwhile royal family refers to Ugadi as Vasantha Navarathri. Nava-rathri is another name of the Dasara festival. Vasantha refers to the spring season of Ugadi. They celebrate the festival by performing poojas and reading the Panchanga in the palace premises.

The day begins with ritual oil bath followed by prayers. Oil bath and eating Neem leaves are must rituals suggested by scriptures. North Indians don’t celebrate Ugadi but start nine days

Chaitra Navratri Puja on the same day and also eat neem with mishri on the very first day of Navratri

 

The nine day long spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) begins on this day and concludes on Ram Navami. It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - 'Chaitra Suddha Padhyami' or the Ugadi day.

Rangolis are made in front of the house where color is the main ingredient. Different types of powdered colors are used and flowers and ornamental designs are made with them.

According to Hindupad.com, this is the mantra that is chanted during the Ugadi festival:

“Shathayurvajradehathwam
Sarvasampadpradamthathaa!
Sarvarishtaharamkurve
Nimba prathashanam shubham !!”