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Prayers, music herald Vikram Samvat 2063

AT THE crack of dawn the Sun God was offered water by hundreds of citizens as music played heralding the beginning of Vikram Samvat 2063 Gudi Padwa in the City at Rajwada Chowk today.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 00:16 IST

AT THE crack of dawn the Sun God was offered water by hundreds of citizens as music played heralding the beginning of Vikram Samvat 2063 Gudi Padwa in the City at Rajwada Chowk today.

Parliamentarian Sumitra Mahajan, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Mayor Dr Uma Sashi Sharma, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) Chairman Shankar Lalwani, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) City president Ramesh Mendole and prominent citizens performed the ritual of offering Ardhya (water) to Sun God in the programme jointly organised by Lok Sanskriti Manch, Sanskar Bharti and IMC.

Owing to the ambience created by this programme youths registered their presence in large numbers and exchanged greetings heralding the beginning of Hindu New Year.

The atmosphere reverberated with echoing sound of Jay Jay Siyaram. Sacred water was offered to the first ray of the Sun God with a copper pot accompanied with echoing sound of classical music.

This was followed by singing of Bhajans by six Bhajan groups, which enthralled the audience. This day of celebration was marked with spectacular display of fireworks and various programmes were organised.

Mayor Dr Uma Sashi Sharma greeted citizens passing via Rajwada Marg giving them saffron coloured scarf and distributed coriander seed and gur to them. Mayor-in-council member Lalit Pourwar, Anil Bindal and hundreds of people were present on this occasion.

On this day of revelry a team of 15 artists gave shape to Rangoli in an area of 1,100 feet using 97 kgs of colours after hard labour of two hours. Through this, the Rangoli message of making water available to every individual was conveyed.
Swadeshi Jagaran Manch took out Shobha Yatra from Bada Ganpati Square in which hundreds of youths participated.

This Shobha Yatra was led by Bajrang Dal leader Rajesh Bijve. On the path of Yatra saffron coloured saries were laid. Four youths in the garb of Bajrang Bali leading the Yatra were cynosure of people.

Lok Sanskriti Manch president Shankar Lalwani maintained that while welcoming the Hindu New Year coriander seeds and gur were distributed among citizens at Rajwada at 7 am, which was followed by a chain reaction of exchange of greetings. Much earlier in the wee hours, roads of Rajwada had been cleaned for the occasion.

Telugu and Kannada families residing here term this day as Ugadi while Maharashtrians term this New Year as Gudi Padwa. The Sindhis call it Cheti Chand.

New Year falls in Chaitra that marks beginning of Spring or `Vasant’. This day is said to be the one on which Lord Brahma created the world after deluge. It is a day of celebration, which is considered auspicious by people for taking new initiatives.

People cleaned their houses early in the morning and decorated them with intricate rangoli (coloured rice flour designs for the floor) designs. After offering prayers, family members sought blessings of elders who in turn gave them sweets.

This auspicious day also marks the beginning of consumption of summer foods like melons, jackfruit, mangoes, sprouted gram etc. A variety of sherbets such as kairi panna, special sweets like ‘puran poli’ are served.

There is a custom to consume neem leaves along with jaggery. In some households, they are fried in ghee and mixed with sugar. Neem purifies blood and builds immunity in the body, keeping it healthy throughout the year.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 00:16 IST