March 25, 2020, according to the Hindu Calendar, happened be the first day of Chaitra Maasa, the beginning of the Spring Season. The States of India namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra celebrated the festival, Yugaadi / Ugadi / Gudi Padwa. As I started working on this blog, I also got to learn that Sindhi Hindus celebrate Cheti Chand. Next month, states like Kerala, Manipur, and Punjab will be celebrating their New Year Vishu, Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba, and Baisakhi.
This festival is the beginning of a New Year for us. It coincides with the Spring season.
According to Hindu Calendar, it is the Vasantha Ruthu (the Season of ‘Vasantha’) and Chaitra Maasa (Month of Chaitra). Each year is called a Samvatsara and it has a name too. This year is Shaarvari.
As per Hindu Mythology, this auspicious day is believed to be:
|The day of the beginning of the ‘Kali Yuga’, the age we are currently living in, which is believed to have been started after Lord Krishna left the world. The event has been described by Maharshi Vedavyasa as “Yesmin Krishno divamvyataha, Tasmat eeva pratipannam Kaliyugam”|
|The day on which Lord Vishnu restored the Vedas from the hands of the demon Somakasura (who had stolen the Vedas and was hiding in the sea) by donning Matsya Avatara (form of a Fish, one the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu) and gave those to Lord Brahma who then resumed the process of creating this Universe.|
|The day on which Kama Deva (the God of Desire) got revived by the grace of Lord Shiva|
What is a festival without a feast!! Yummy traditional dishes are made with Maavikaayi Chitraanna (a spicy rice prepared using raw mango) and Bele Obbattu (a sweet stuffed flat bread prepared using Lentil, Jaggery, Coconut, and Flour) being the Must-Have.
Now, to the festival wishes part: As it marks the beginning of a New Year, we wish each other health, happiness, and prosperity and hope that the new year brings bountiful of good things.
Prior to the age of Social Media, people would either write a letter or send a greeting card or call each other to wish. The advent of tools like WhatsApp, Facebook etc. has connected the entire world digitally, but its Users seem to have drifted apart emotionally. As many of us might have noticed, wishing people on festivals or special days like birthday / anniversary has become more of an obligation than a genuine wish. A Tool is only as good as it’s Users, right?
It is very comforting to see people who use the same tools to create and send out a genuine wish. Many send out DMs or make calls on WhatsApp. A very few still hand-write the wishes. I feel very happy and blessed to know of such a person respected Sri. Anantha K.N. who happens to be the Father of my High School classmate, Avinash. He takes the time to write these meaningful greeting in our Mother tongue Kannada for each of our major festivals. I do look forward to and cherish these greetings. Yugaadi 2020’s greeting (the name of this Year or Samvatsara is Sharvari) is given below.
In his greetings, he has mentioned the mythological significance of the Yugaadi festival and highlighted the significance of the festival’s customs & rituals. The consumption of a mixture of Jaggery and Neem flowers mixed with Ghee (clarified butter) tells us to accept both happy and bitter incidents in our life with equanimity. He concludes the letter by wishing everyone health and happiness. सर्वे जनाः सुखिनो भवन्तु
This blog post is dedicated to Sri. Anantha K.N. Sir. We request to you to kindly continue to inspire us. 💐
Let us pray that this New Year is full of blessings & good vibes and provide us with strength to brave the storm.
Each Year is an opportunity to be a better version of ourselves, to be more compassionate, caring, kind, and joyful human being.
Hari Om (हरि ॐ) Om Shanthi (ॐ शांति)