'Gudi Padwa', the first day of the Chaitra month, and New Year's Day in Maharashtra [ Images ] was celebrated with traditional fervour and pomp all across the state on Tuesday.
This is one of the three and a half days in the Indian Lunar calendar called 'Sade-Teen Muhurt', whose every moment is considered auspicious in general to start a new activity.
In Maharashtrian households, a bright green and yellow cloth is adorned with brocade (zari), is tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gathi (sugar crystals), neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers are also tied.
A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it. This gudhi is then hoisted outside the house, in a window, terrace or a high place so that everybody can see it.
People feast on puran poli, shrikand puri and other delicacies to celebrate the occasion.
Image: A moment of celebration at Girgao in Mumbai [ Images ] on Tuesday | Photograph: Sahil Salvi