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Jaipur Hindus celebrate New Vikram Sambvat by visiting temples and exchanging of good wishes
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 01 Apr 2014

According to Hindu Panchang, New Year was celebrated with devotion and gaiety in Jaipur on March 31 to mark the holy day of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is widely believed to be the day of beginning of Earth or Ugadi. Today is the Vikram Sambvat 2071 Yugabadh 5116. On the occasion of the Hindu New Year special poojas were performed in the temples of Jaipur and Kalasha Sathapana was done to begin the Chaitra Navratri festival.

The email messages of Happy New Year were exchanged by the residents along with telephonic wishes by the residents.  On the premises of many temples with sunrise amid the chanting of mantras and slogans Saffron Dharma Dhwaja was hoisted to mark the occasion and reaffirm their allegiance Hindu values and way of living. The day is also associated with the entry of lord Rama into Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana to signify the precept that the good shall prevail and evil vanquished.

The day is also known as Gudi Padwa meaning the first day of the bright phase of the moon after new moon day (Amavasya) to mark the beginning of the New Year of the Shalivahan Era. In Maharashtra poles are erected or hung in front of the houses with a flag adorned with a wreath and topped with an inverted silver, copper, brass lota or vessel to which homage is paid for good fortunes.

In South India, Hindu New Year is celebrated as Ugadi and the day starts with the customary oil bath and reading of the panchanga to start a new beginning. Moreover, mango rice is part of the hearty main course of the meal on this day. Also, it is believed that by tying the mango leaf torana over one’s house door, one would attract the blessings of the gods and good fortune.