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Symbolism in Gudi Flag Raised on Gudi Padwa

Raising Gudi Flag is the most auspicious event during Gudi Padwa, the Marathi New Year. Gudi is a special kind of flag raised by Maharashtrians outside the house on the Marathi Hindu New Year Day – the first day of Chaitra month (March – April). Gudi is also known as Flag of Brahma – Brahmadhwaj and has a symbolic meaning.Gudi in front of house symbolizes hope, happiness, joy, glory and celebration of victory.Symbolically, Gudi is asking us to empty our 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. Another symbolism suggests that the neem leaves remind us to forget the bitter memories of the year while the gaathis that are made from jaggery remind us that sweet memories are to be cherished for years ahead. The piece of cloth that is used shows that the family is happy, peaceful and prospering. In Hindu mythology, copper is considered very auspicious, so it is used as an integra…

Marathi Chaitra Mahina 2018 – Chaitra Month in Maharashtra Hindu Calendar in 2018

Chaitra Mahina is the first month in a traditional Marathi calendar. Vilambinama Samvatsar and Shak Year 1940 begins on the first day of Chaitra 2018 and is observed as Gudi Padva in Maharashtra. Chaitra Mahina 2018 is from March 18 and ends on April 16, 2018. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Gudi Padva, Chaitra Navratri, Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on April 3, 2018 – Moonrise is at 10:10 PM – Indian standard time.
Chaitra Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Chaitra Mahina Marathi calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from March 18 to March 31, 2018. Chaitra Maas 2018 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from April 1 to April 16, 2018.

Marathi Chaitra month Ekadasi dates are: Kamda Ekadasi – March 27 Varuthini Ekadasi – April 12

Shiva Pradosh Fasting Dates in Marathi Chaitra Month are: Pradosh – April 8 Pradosha – April 24
The dates of important festiva…