Telugu New Year in the Telugu it is called Ugadi. It is celebrated by the Telugu people every year with a lot of joy and fun. Ugadi is celebrated by Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka.
Ugadi is also called “Samvatsarādi” or “Yugadi”. The word Ugadi or Yugadi is a Sanskrit word, where Yuga means “Age” and Adi means “New beginning”, together it means “An age of new beginning”.
The people of these states do many rituals and follow traditions on this day.
Some people take this day as the beginning of a new astronomical cycle, while others think this day a brand new beginning.
Whatever you think of this day, the fact is it is a day to welcome a new era to look forward to new beginnings both personally and professionally.
What is Ugadi or Yugadi?
In West Bengal and Tripura, Ugadi is called as Pohela Boishakh. It is also known as Nabo Barsho, which is a traditional festival that celebrates the enrichment of cosmic force which means spirituality.
The festival day is celebrated to honor Lord Brahma who is the creator of this world and us. A day of giving life and creation is what celebrated in the name of Yugadi. Those who celebrate this festival perform Brahma Pooja seeking prosperity, joy, happiness, and peace.
The Essential Oil Bath:
The first they do in the day is taking an oil bath, Sesame oil is used.
It is mandatory that every member of the family should take an oil bath.
After that, they wear new clothes to deities. Then the elder member of the family, give the new dress to everyone and bless them.
Telugu New Years Pooja:
The altar is adorned and decorated with colorful flowers and candles. The elder member of the family takes the responsibility of preparing pooja and worshipping God.
A special prayer and ritual that is Panchanga Puja are arranged for Ugadi or Telugu New Year. A small table is placed in one corner.
The Panchanga includes with kumkum, turmeric paste, and sandalwood. On it are placed, raw rice, fresh flowers, and turmeric powder. Pooja is performed chanting Mantras.
In olden times, the Navagraha puja that is the puja of the nine planets are arranged on this auspicious day.
Rangoli is a work of art made of colored powder that is done with different designs. In fact, a rangoli contest is held in many places on this day.
Home decoration includes hanging mango leaves in front of the main door. Brass containers or kalasam are also placed in front of the doors. This is a symbol of good luck and part Ugadi New Year decorations.
Ugadi Pachadi is a special recipe made on this day. The main ingredients used for this recipe are chilly powder, neem leaves, jaggery, mustard seeds, raw mangoes, oil, and salt. Having both jaggery and neem leaves, the taste of the recipe is bitter, sour, and sweet.
This recipe is given to everyone in the house. It is also distributed as Prasadham in the temples.
Telugu New Years (Ugadi) Puja Package Contains:
|English Name||Tamil Name||Quantity|
|Red cloth||சிகப்பு பட்டு||1|
|Ghee diya||நெய் தீபம்||2|
|Dry dates||உலர்ந்த பேரிச்சை||100g|
|Dry tumeric pieces||உலர் மஞ்சள் துண்டுகள்||100g|
|Cotton wicks||சுடர் விளக்கு திரி||1|
|Sandal powder||சந்தனம் பொடி||100g|