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Why is Gudhi or Flag raised on the New Year Day in Maharashtra?

One of the most important events on Gudhi Padwa, the Marathi New Year, is the raising Gudhi. Gudhi, or Gudi, is a special kind of flag raised by Maharashtrians outside the house on the Hindu New Year Day – the first day of Chaitra month (March – April). Gudhi is also known as Flag of Brahma – Brahmadhwaj or Brahma Dhwaj. Raising of the Gudhi in front of one’s house symbolizes hope, happiness, joy, glory and celebration of victory. The Gudhi is made of 5 to 10 feet long bamboo or any other wooden stick. A piece of silk or cotton cloth is tied at one end of the stick like a flag. A silver or steel or brass pot is placed on top of the Gudhi. A garland of flowers is placed on the top. In some regions neem leaves and sugarcanes are placed around the pot. There are numerous legends associated with hoisting of the Gudhi. Some believe it is hoisted to the celebrate Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after annihilating Ravana and other demons. Some Maharashtrians hoist it to commemorate the numero…

Soubhagya Gauri Vrata – Gauri Puja in Chaitra Month

Soubhagya Gauri Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra Mas (March – April). In 2018, the date of Soubhagya Gauri Vrata is March 20.

Observed by women in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Sowbhagya Gauri Vratam is also known as Gauri Tritiya. Married women pray for a happy family life and unmarried women pray for a good husband on the day.

Legends of Goddess Parvati and Shiva are often referred to in Hindu Scriptures. Ramayana and Mahabharata are full of references of the main characters performing important rituals dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Shiva. It is believed that Goddess Parvati performed intense austerities to get Lord Shiva as husband.

Regional scriptures and legends mention about Sita Devi performing the Gauri Tritiya to get Lord Ram as her husband.

Goddess Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati. Some scriptures indicate that Lord Shiva finally agreed to marry Goddess Parvati on the Gauri Triti…

Osho Thoughts

A man who is spiritual has tremendous experiences but he never accumulates them. Once they have happened he forgets about them. He is finished with them and he moves away from them. He is always available for the new, he never carries the old. If you don't carry the old you will find life absolutely new at each step. Life is new, only the mind is old; and if you look through the mind, life also looks like a repetition, a bore. Mind means your past, accumulated experiences, knowledge and everything. Mind means that through which you have passed, but which you are still hanging on to. Mind is a hangover, dust from the past covering your mirror-like consciousness. Then when you look through it everything becomes distorted.Purity simply means an uncontaminated state of mind, where only your consciousness is and nothing else. Nothing else really enters into your consciousness, but if you hanker to possess, that hankering contaminates you. If you don't want to possess anything, you …