Happy New Year – Gudhi Paadva

 

We wish all readers a Happy New Year on this Gudhi Paadva, the first new moon of the month of Chaitra. It is the day that Brahma-Dev recreated the world after the massive flood that swept away the previous civilization. Every household hangs a Gudhi in the right side of the main entrance of the house to ward off evil and invite prosperity & good luck into the house.  And you don’t have to have a house to hang a Gudhi.

 

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It is also the day the new calendar was launched in the first century CE after the great Gautami-Putra Saatakarni of the Saat-Vaahan empire destroyed the Shaka (Scythian), Yavan (Indo-Greek) & Pallava (Parthian) kingdoms. The Saat-Vaahan dynasty began after the eclipse of the great Mauryan empire and ruled central India for three centuries from about 2nd century BCE to about 2nd century CE. Gautami-Putra (son of Gautami) was praised as tri-samudra-toya-peeta-vaahan or one who horses drank the water of three seas – Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean & Bay of Bengal – a title that symbolized the reach of his conquests.

The capital of the Saat-Vaahan empire was Pratish-than or Paithan, a city in Mahaa-Raashtra, the state whose capital in now Mumbai. Paithan continued to be a major center of edcuation & commerce till about the middle of the 2nd millenium CE. To this day, Paithanee, the unique Sadi (or Sari) of Paithan is a must in any celebration. 

 Photo published for Celebrating Gudi Padwa, Photo Gallery

  

 

Inner sanctums of houses, streets, beaches, & cities are adorned with the color of Raangoli in celebration of the New Year & the onset of prosperity. 

 

 

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So on this day of Gudhi Paadva & the onset of the New Year, allow us to wish you all Peace & prosperity. 

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2 Comments

  1. Happy Gudhi Paadva to you sir. Pallava is not Parthian empire , it is an indigeneous empire spread through Andhra and Tamilnadu

    1. The Pallava dynasty you speak of came after the Saat-Vaahan period in 5-6th century CE;the names of those kings usually ended in Varman; the kingdoms defeated by Gautami-Putra were around 100 CE & are Pallava or Pahalav in Iranian.

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