Families install ‘Gudi’ to mark Ugadi festival
Ugadi or Gudi Padava, as it’s called locally, was celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety with people offering prayers at temples and home and seeking blessing on Tuesday. The day marks the beginning of Hindu calendar month of chaitra and is celebrated as New Year by Hindus. In the city, many families follow the tradition of installing ‘Gudi’ infront of their houses on the occasion of the festival on the occasion of the festival. A tamboo stick decorated with mango leaves with a copper container on its top along with new cloth and garlands are installed. This traditional has percolated here from Maharashtra with the region earlier being part of Mumbai Province during the British era.
Many of the families are following the ritual religiously to this day. People also decorated their houses with mango and neem leaves. As a ritual, neem leaves were also consumed along with jaggery as Prasad after the prayer rituals. Temple witnessed crowed with families thronged it to pray and seek blessing, The day is also considered as auspicious for purchases and keeping this in mind people purchased gold ornaments and booked new flats and sites