Aurangabad, Apr 6 : Gudi Padwa, which marks the beginning of Hindu New Year, was celebrated with much pomp and gaiety across this Maharashtra district on Saturday.
The festival holds cultural significance among the Marathi community and is observed by exchanging specially-prepared sweet dishes among each other. Gudi Padwa is the first day of the month Chaitra in the Hindu calendar.
People erected the traditional Gudis on the occasion, which also imparts the festival its' name. The Gudis are metaphor for victory and consist of a pot placed atop a bamboo stick with a new piece of cloth wrapped around the pot and leaves of specific plants are filled in the left-out gap between the pot and the bamboo stick. On social scale, several processions were organised across the city by religious groups.
Other districts of Marathwada region took out similar processions and celebrated Gudi Padwa in a prosperous manner, reports coming here said.
After garlanding the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Bhakat Seva Mandal took out a procession from Kranthi Chowk till Hanuman temple. The Hindu New Year Reception Committee, founded by Shiv Sena MP Chandrakanat Khaire, planned a procession from Sansthan Ganesh temple to Khadkeswar temple and people mingled with the procession, as it passed en-route Rajbazar, Gulmandi and Aurangpura.
Swami Samarth Seva Kendra planned another such procession from Jaybhavainagar to Hanuman temple, which passed through Pundalik Nagar and Gajanan Maharaj Temple Chowk. (UNI)