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