According to Hindu Mythology, the festival of Gudi Padwa falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipadā (the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra). It is known as Gudī Padwa (Maharashtra) Yugaadi (Ugādi) (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh) in India. On this very day Lord Brahmā created the Universe. Therefore, for Hindus, this day carries special importance. The word Padwa is derived from two syllables, Pad + Vaa. Pad – Means tending towards perfection or maturity. Vaa – In spirituality, the word ‘Vaa‘indicates that which increases growth.
Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) - a non-government, non-profit and a socio-spiritual organization, Head and Founded by His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, celebrated the occasion of this new-year all over the world. In India the festival was celebrated at different branches such as Kurukshetra, Rudrapur, Ludhiana, Jodhpur, Amravati, Agra etc. and the same was celebrated at UK etc.
At Amaravati, a spiritual exhibition was organized to highlight the difference between Western New Year which falls on the first of Calendar (January 1st) and the Hindu New Year. The exhibition served the purpose of making people aware about the Hindu spirituality where every statement is based on calculations and logics. The celebration of New Year on January 1st shows the ignorance towards the Spiritual Knowledge and connectivity towards reality, where Hindu New Year bridges the gap and lightens the divine lamp inside the soul. With the very first breeze and divine sun-ray, the nature welcomes this new day and fills the mankind with new energy, new hope, new light, new direction and new knowledge.
The series of devotional and inspirational songs sparked the minds and souls of the audience and encouraged them to understand the significance of this day. The Preachers of the Sansthan also shared their thought-provoking ideas on the Hindu mythology and connected the audience with the ancient and rich spiritual knowledge. Thousands of people marked their valuable presence and enjoyed hearty participation.
The divinity of the events kept the audience engaged with spiritual thoughts and added to the positivity of environment. The community lunch prepared and served with devotion after the program, acted like the cherry on the cake.