Posted by: drreddy | March 26, 2009

Ugadi in Mauritius

Ugadi – Remembering the Divine

Happy Ugadi

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Ugadi is the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Ugadi comes again this year bearing a new name- Virodhi, meaning opposition; which means we have to oppose everything that is bad and concentrate on things that are good.

Ugadi comes to remind us of something specific. We have to live in harmony and peace and to achieve this we should not encourage bad habits and bad practices.

As per traditions, many people of Hindu faith and the Telugus in particular will celebrate Ugadi with a lot of festive fervour and religious zeal. There will be astrological forecasts and cultural programmes. There will be offerings and special prayers in all the temples of the island. Ugadi is celebrated on the bright fortnight(SuklaPaksha) of the first month (Chaitra Maasa) in the first season of the year,i.e. spring(Vasanta Ritu). Since all these important elements are present, this day has special significance for the millions of Telugus all over the world. NEEM FLOWER The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new lifemango-trees-with-hanging-fruits with plants (barren until now) acquiring new life, shoots and leaves. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning. The vibrancy of life and verdent fields, meadows full of colorful blossoms signifies growth, prosperity and well-being.

With the coming of Ugadi, the naturally perfumed jasmines (mallepulu in India) spread a sweet fragrance which is perhaps unmatched by any other in nature’s own creation! While large garlands of jasmine are offered to Gods in homes and temples, jasmine flowers woven in clusters adorn the braids of women.

Predictions of the Year : Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon’s orbit. It is a day when mantras are chanted and predictions made for the new year. Traditionally, the panchangasravanam or listening to the yearly calendar was done at the temples or at the Town square but with the onset of modern technology, one can get to hear the priest-scholar on television sets right in one’s living room.

In India , mostly in Andhra Pradesh, it is a season for raw mangoes spreading its aroma in the air and the fully blossomed neem tree that makes the air healthy. Also, jaggery made with fresh crop of sugarcane adds a renewed flavor to the typical dishes associated with Ugadi.

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“Ugadi pachchadi” is one such dish that has become synonymous with Ugadi. It is made of new jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tanarind which truly reflect life – a combination of sweet, sour and bitter tastes!

Preparing for the Occasion : Preparations for the festival begin a week ahead. pd2206583_sjranpg1

Houses are given a thorough wash. Shopping for

new clothes and buying other items that go with

the requirements of the festival are done with a

lot of excitement.

Ugadi is celebrated with festive fervor in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. While it is called Ugadi in A.P. and Karnataka, in Maharashtra it is known as “Gudipadava”. On Ugadi day, people wake up before the break of dawn and take a head bath after which they decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The significance of tying mango leaves relates to a legend. It is said that Kartik and Ganesha, the two sons of Lord Siva and Parvathi were very fond of mangoes. As the legend goes Kartik exhorted people to tie green mango leaves to the doorway signifying a good crop and general well-being.

It is noteworthy that we use mango leaves and coconuts (as in a Kalasam, to initiate any pooja) only on auspicious occasions to propitiate gods. People also splash fresh cow dung water on the ground in front of their house and draw colorful floral designs called Muggus. This is a common sight in every household. People perform the ritualistic worship to God invoking his blessings before they start off with the new year. They pray for their health, wealth and prosperity and success in business too. Ugadi is also the most auspicious time to start new ventures.

Special dishes are prepared for the occasion. In Andhra Pradesh, eatables such as “pulihora”, “bobbatlu” and preparations made with raw mango go well with the occasion. In Karnataka too, similar preparations are made but called “puliogure” and “holige”. The Maharashtrians make “puran poli” or sweet rotis.

Kavi Sammelanam : Kavi Sammelanam (poetry recitation) is a typical Telugu Ugadi feature. Ugadi is also a time when people look forward to a literary feast in the form of Kavi Sammelanam. Many poets come up with new poems written on subjects ranging – from Ugadi – to politics to modern trends and lifestyles.

Ugadi Kavi Sammelanam is also a launch pad for new and budding poets. It is generally carried live on All India Radio’s Hyderabad “A” station and the Doordarshan,(TV) Hyderabad following “panchanga sravanam” (New year calendar) narrating the way the new year would shape up in the lives of people and the State in general. Kavis (poets) of many hues – political, comic, satirical reformist, literary and melancholic – make an appearance on the Ugadi stage. Ugadi is thus a festival of many shades. It ushers in the new year, brings a rich bounce of flora and fills the hearts of people with joy and contentment.267ugadi

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute celebrated Virodhi Naama Ugadi on Monday evening. A cultural programme was mounted and performed by the Staff and students of the Institute in the presence of Hon. Minister Gowreessoo. The Officer -in- charge of MGI/RTI Dr(Mrs) V.D. Koonjal made a wonderful speech on the significance of Ugadi and this was appreciated by one and all.

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Courtesy Sanjiva Appadoo for the video.

So let us all celebrate Ugadi and wish everybody a

Happy Ugadi

that will bring peace, joy and happiness in the life of everybody. Let Mauritius Prosper with the dawn of New Year, with the dawn of Ugadi 2009.

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Responses

  1. Happy Ugadi 😀

  2. Happy Ugadi to all my telugu brothers and sisters.
    Here we are grateful to read of this report and picture coverage /sanjiva’s muggu at the celebration of Ugadi at MGI.
    Reddy’s Journal is bringing us nearer to our roots;I mean those of us living away from our motherland. No matter where we happen to be, we, people of Telugu descent, are aware of this day thanks to the tireless efforts of men like pandit Gunayya Ottoo.We equally remember the one great martyr in our history, Sri Potti Sriramulu,on this day for the creation of a State of which we are all proud.This should be sufficient to enthuse us all to make an attempt to continue in one way or another to preserve our rich language and culture.
    From Scotland we send you our Telugu best wishes and greeting to all Mauritians on this day.
    Dr Bala Lingiah

  3. very elaborated journal on ugadi . Happy virodhi naama ugadi to all the Hindus

  4. thank you sa lhat god bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!har!har!

  5. నమస్కారమండి,
    మీ ఉగాది వార్త చాల నచ్చింది నాకు. ఆంధ్ర దినోత్సవం దగ్గరకోస్తుంది. దాని గురించి కూడా రాస్తారని ఆశిస్తున్నాను.

  6. haiiiii

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