Just as the first days of Chaitra come, preparations start in full bloom for the auspicious Gudi Padwa!
Upturned pots carrying the holy symbol of swastika covered in garlands of flowers and mango leaves are roped around a stick. Marathi women offer their prayers for the health and prosperity of their loved ones on this day which marks the beginning of the Maharashtrian New Year.
People come together celebrating this blessed event. Beautifully drawn intricate patterns adorn the streets marking revelry and sheer merriment.
One can see women clad in their traditional Marathi wear ready to perform in the procession which commemorates Gudi Padwa.
This festivity is celebrated in the southern parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by the name of Ugadi. The stick that is put up also marks the victory of army men in fierce battles fought in history. India Imprints finds this festive occasion to be a symbol of true communal fraternity.