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Spiritual Significance and Symbolic Meaning of ‘Gudhi’ or Flag Raised on Gudi Padva

On the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa, when the Hindu New Year is celebrated in Maharashtra, Goa and some parts of Karnataka, one raises a symbolic flag or ‘gudi’ that is of great spiritual significance. It also has a symbolic meaning.

The Gudi raised on the Gudi Padwa day consists of a silk cloth, tied to a stick with an empty, inverted copper or silver jug of water (tambya) held up to the sky, outside the main door. This auspicious flag raising speaks volumes.

Empty your ego, take an inverted look within, hold yourself up to the vast sky of divinity and may your soul remain outdoors, away from the trappings of this world.