Ugadi 2016: India celebrates festival by devoting prayers

| Friday, April 8, 2016 - 09:38
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Ugadi 2016

Ugadi 2016 marks beginning of Hindu New Year

Andhra Pradesh: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are celebrating Ugadi festival, the Telugu New Year day today marking the festival with traditional enthusiasm to mark the beginning of the Hindu Lunar calendar.
Today marks the first day of Chaitra, which is believed to be the first month in the Panchang. Every year Ugadi is celebrated as Hindu festival in few states of India.
Thousands of devotees are thronging temples to pray for happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Special prayers are being held at all major temples in the two states like Tirumala, Vijayawada, Srisailam, and Yadadri temples.
Ugadi is not only celebrated in south India, but it is celebrated in central Indian region like Maharashtra where is it known as Gudi Padwa. The day of Gudi Padwa begins with an oil-bath and eating Neem leaves ritual followed by prayers.
As per the Hindu solar calendar, Keralites, Tamilians, and Bengalis will celebrate New Year as Vishu, Puthandu and Pohela Boishakh, respectively on 14th April.
People are celebrating Ugadi and sharing festival greetings over social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. 

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Ugadi celebrations in Karnataka

well well the writer here has forgotten Karnataka completely. We too in Karnataka celebrate Ugadi. Somehow I can see that Karnataka has been neglected in every aspect., be it politics, language etc..... This is really sad. This puts up a question in our minds do we have to be a part of the System?

Ugadi- In some parts of Karnataka

In many parts of Karnataka- specifics may vary- folks welcome this day with prayers and special pujas. The day typically starts with an oil-bath, prayers, wearing new clothes and seeking blessing from the elders. There is a special lunch which has a combination of Sweet (Pyasa) , Bitter (Bevu-Bela i.e. Neem flowers with Jaggery), Sour (lime rice or raw mango rice) and some Spicy rice. These various taste flavors represent the bitter to sweet events that we may encounter in the year ahead. Happy Ugadi to all.

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