Ugadi (Telugu New Year) 2023: Ugadi, also known as Yugadi, is a Hindu holiday observed in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Goa. This festival signifies the beginning of the Hindu new year and is celebrated in these regions on the first day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. Typically, the festival occurs in April of the Gregorian calendar. Ugadi will be observed on March 22, 2023. On this day, the new Samvatsara cycle of sixty years begins. All sixty Samvatsara are identified by a unique name. Both Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are celebrated on the same day in Maharashtra, so Ugadi and Gudi Padwa are celebrated as one. As we celebrate Ugadi 2023, let’s learn more about the festival’s date, rituals, and significance.
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Ugadi 2023 Date
Ugadi 2023 will be observed on Wednesday, March 22.
Ugadi 2023 Timings
Pratipada Tithi commences on March 21, 2023 at 9:22 pm and concludes on March 22, 2023 at 6:50 am.
Ugadi is a significant and historic Hindu holiday. On the day of Ugadi, individuals should commence the day with an oil bath and then pray to the Lord. According to Hindu scriptures, the required rituals on this day include an oil bath and the consumption of neem leaves. On this day, people also create colorful ‘Muggulu’ patterns on the floor and ‘torana’ decorations using mango leaves. Common practices on this day include purchasing new clothing, donating to the impoverished and needy, and preparing and sharing pachadi, a special dish.
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Significance of Ugadi/Telugu New Year
“Ugadi” is derived from the Sanskrit words “yuga” meaning “age” and “adi” meaning “beginning.” According to legend, Lord Brahma initiated the creation of the universe on Ugadi. He devised days, weeks, months, and years as a means of keeping account of time. Therefore, Ugadi represents the first day of the universe’s creation. People in the southern states of India commemorate the festival with great zeal and devotion. There are special dishes prepared for the event. On Ugadi, people also visit Hindu temples in order to begin the new year with the Lord’s favors. Happy Ugadi 2023 to all!