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Gudi Padwa – All you need to know

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Hindu calendar states that , the Hindu New Year begins at Gudi Padwa. This year, Gudi Padwa falls on April 13, 2021, Tuesday.

Gudi Padwa is a spring-time festival that marks the celebration of the Maharashtrian New Year. The first day of Chaitra month is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated in and near Maharashtra and Goa generally.The word padava or padavo comes from the Sanskrit word pratipada which refers to the first day of a lunar fortnight. It is also called as Marathi New year. It is observed by Marathi and Kokani Hindus.Gudhi means flag, erect flag on the houses as part of celebration in Maharashtra where its mainly celebrated.

Murtha for Gudi Padwa:

This year, Pratipada Tithi begins at 08:00 on Apr 12, 2021 ends at 10:16 on Apr 13, 2021.

Arrangements on this day:


On the festive day, courtyards in village houses will be swept clean and plastered with fresh cow-dung. Even in the city, people take the time out to do some spring cleaning. Families on this day make sure to adorn their homes with flower garlands, earthen lamps, and rangolis. Then wearing new clothes to offer prayers. Sweets and savouries are distributed to welcome the season of spring.

Traditionally, families prepare a special dish that mixes various flavours, particularly the bitter leaves of the neem tree and sweet jaggery ( gul). Additional ingredients include sour tamarind and astringent dhane seeds. This, like the pacchadi recipe used in Ugadi festival, is eaten as a reminder of life’s sweet and bitter experiences, as well as a belief that the neem-based mixture has health benefits.

Preparation for Gudi:

One of the main preparations on this day is making the Gudi, a flag-like stick hoisted outside homes or even near windows. This is usually created using a long wooden stick wrapped with a New (unused) saree , kalash and decorated with neem leaves and a garland made using sugar candy. This is believed to symbolise victory.

Maharashtrian families also make many other festive dishes, such as shrikhand and Poori or Puran Poli on this day. Firstly this dishes are user as Prasad for offering God and guddi. The sugar garland are distributed among the small children in family and neighborhood. This is believed to symbolise the love and good luck for upcoming year.

Significance of gudi :

1. It symbolises the victory of King Shalivahana and was hoisted by his people when he returned to Paithan.

2. Lord Ram’s victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravana. Since a symbol of victory is always held high, so is the gudhi (flag).

3. Victory of Maratha warriors in processions.

4. Gudhi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.

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RAM NAVAMI: Muhurat, Celebration, Significance, Home celebration

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Ram Navami celebrated as the birthday of the lord Ram. It is celebrated in the festival of spring (Navratri), the 9 days long festival of the Navratri comes to the end with the celebration of the epic festival of Ram Navami. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of God Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Beautiful thing about this festival is, people this holy occasion by observing fast, reading Rama’s legendary stories and chanting the mantras. Not only people so this things but they also decorate the house and temple. The visit the lord Vishnu temple and worship him. This year people can’t visit the temple due to the deadly virus, but surely they will stay at home and pray for the betterment of the current condition.

Muhurta for the celebration :

According to sources, the muhurta for ram Navami madhyahna will begin at 11:02 am and end at 1:38 pm. The Navami tithe will begin at 12:43 am on April 21 and end at 12:35 am on April 22. It is believed that lord ram was born during madhyahna period or the middle of the day.

Significance of Ram Navami celebration:

As per Hindu mythology, Lord Ram is the central figure in Ramayana and was born to Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha in Ayodhya. Ram Navami is celebrated to mark the descent of the Vishnu avatar of Lord Ram on earth.
Lord Ram is mentioned not in the ancient Hindu scriptures, but also in Jain and Buddhist texts.

This is how we can celebrate Ram Navami at home:

Clean a nice place or the mandir at home. Lord Rama is the main deity worshipped during Rama Navami, so place a photo or an idol of Lord Ram. Along with Lord Rama, Mata Kaushalya, King Dasharatha, Sita and the three younger brothers of Lord Rama – Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna are also worshipped. Hanuman Ji, the biggest devotees of Lord Ram must be worshipped on is auspicious day.


Involve all members of the family in the Ram Navami puja. Traditionally young girls in the family put teeka on the forehead of all in the family. Ganga jal, roli and aipun are sprinkled on the gods, and then rice is showered on the deities or photos of Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman Ji. After prayers, everyone perform the aarti and bhajans are sung. Finally, prasad is distributed among all family members.

Happy Ram Navami all of you.
Stay home and be safe.

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IS DUSSEHRA REALLY OVER?

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With the dust settled again there will be rise in rape cases. Why are we Indians so selective about our intrication to the details. We do not follow as we preach. On saturday 24th October, 2020 many Indians followed this tradition of inviting 9 girls to their home and feeding them. It is an old age tradition that is followed across India. We Indians cherish it. We celebrate Navratri with huge pomp and glory. Today was the day when the idols of Ma Durga were immersed in water and we bid adieu to her. Have we asked her to take our sins away? Can she do that? I ask you to answer that but on the other hand everyone will now go to eid then chhath puja then diwali and many more. But the question remains the same. Are we doing enough? There have been many hathras styled events and many worse than that. Have we learnt our lessons no. What is it that we don’t understand? The fact that we are so self obsessed and our ego gets the better of us. It is tough for us to accept girls the way they are. How and when will this end. As you write I want you to understand the exhilarating pain of every Indian woman. She is looked upon, teased, asked to lose weight and whatnot. Think for a second if your entire life you are dictated to this, to do that. How will you feel?
The dust settles there. I do not agree. There will be some reposts on instagram, some of you will add relatable images on your instagram story or you will share this article on whatsapp. That is not enough? What I want you to do is become more human and less devil. Be courteous to your fellow women folk around you. Start talking and lend an ear. Do not judge and don’t try to come to conclusions. If she wants to go and cry let her cry but don’t force her to do things. We are a nation of 130 crore and if we take it upon ourselves to look after each other then such miscreants will automatically be punished. We just have stopped harbouring them and I just don’t want you to be a passive reader. I want you to rise and in a time bound manner make this a better place. Just start helping others. That is all I ask. Stand for what is right and don’t justify wrong things. Even when a woman is abused on social media and you try to ignore those comments section then you are no different. I will not so that they will transform into Maa Kali and kill the devils. I will say that remember that they are the one who give lives. They can take it away also. Don’t test your patience. Be courteous to everyone and follow what your heart says. Aurat word in itself means life. Give life and pounder the cream. Never will you feel alone if you help others and remember it is the greatest joy to keep the creator of life happy and smile.

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Love Jihad and boycott tanishq.

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Why #boycottTanishq was trending on twitter? Why you should know that??

What was Tanishq Ad up to and why was there so much outrage on a single Ad?? Does it made a whole community insecure??How is secularism connected to this? We choose to remain silent or not bothered until it comes to Us. Until we really get bothered, it would be high time and we would be forced to remain silent then.
Titan Company owned jewellery brand Tanishq, for the purpose of promotion tanishq jewellers made an ad considering the festive season’s collection ‘Ekatvam’. But after the Ad was aired #boycottTanishq trend came up in Twitter in no time and broke the internet. The huge storm of 45 seconds video showcases a Hindu woman married into a Muslim family where the Muslim family is preparing a traditional Hindu baby shower ceremony for their pregnant Hindu Daughter-in-law. Several people called for a boycott of tanishq, alleging the ad promoted “love jihad”. The ad was pulled off air after a section of social media users alleged that it hurts sentiment of some communities. The video though pulled down is still being shared across social media.
The Tanishq Ad was produced by a Bombay based production house named “Culture Film Company” & Joyeeta Patpatia is the owner of that company and director of this advertisement. Turning back unto the advertisements of this brand can be seen as breaking the stereotypes and making its brand identity. But this time what was evident through the immense social media criticism is that India in 2020 doesn’t have room for secularism.
Now let’s take a look on what Secularism really is?? Secularism is the belief that religion should not influence or be involved in the organization of society, education, government, etc. With the forty second Amendment of the constitution of India enacted in 1976, the Preamble to the Constitution asserted that India is a secular nation. We used to be taught unity in diversity since childhood and we have been grown up singing “Hind desh ke nivasi sabhi jan ek hai, rang roop desh bhasha chahe anek hai..” However online trolls have twisted what was once a sweet sentiment into something completely abhorrent. We take pride in adding secularism in our constitution but do we really follow that? Are we secular anymore? The fact is only small section believed in it rest of them pretended to be secular. Now even the pretence is shed.
Now let’s see various point of views towards the TanishqAd. One view was that, they say it just doesn’t happen in real life. Well we can agree that the ad is indeed a fairy tale. It probably represents one out of hundred or thousand cases. Although the ad is a fairy tale –it gives hope! A message to million others out there that “conversion” is not necessary to accept and respect one another. It is a message of true secularism and oneness. It speaks on the values of tolerance, Coexistence and openness to different cultures. Movies, films, TV series they are a form of visual communication that uses moving pictures to tell us a story or teach us something. So why can’t we see an Ad in such a way? The feeling of oneness begins from each one of us.
Another criticism raised was about the choice of religion of the lead. This might be the marketing decision to target maximum customers since majority of women in India are Hindus. This point of view raised was not surprising in today’s world. But what surprises is that this view was raised in a country which is democratic. Because democracy ensures Freedom of speech and Freedom of expression. And what about special marriage act??
A pointless criticism raised was that the company should have played safe and avoided the mess. When you set a trend, when you speak something, or take up any issue which is taboo, you will be talked about. The statement put up by the brand during withdrawal was also torn apart viciously by people who believed they should have taken a stance
When we can take the advertisement in a way that promotes secularism, why to make it a communal issue? The ad created only with the sole purpose of love and acceptance for each other, our community boycotted the ad saying it’s against our ideologies. But how come our ideologies different from what’s there in our Indian constitution. ? Is everything that promotes unity and harmony is now considered to be anti-national?
So now don’t you think the problem was not in the ad, but in the ideology, thinking of the people which we need to change as soon as possible? Being in the 21st century, we should understand and accept that, just like any other human right, right to religion is the fundamental to freedom, justice and peace in this world. If we can’t tolerate oneness in an Ad how will we in society?

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