Observed as the New Year’s Day of the Hindus of Andhra Pradesh, Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar in the month of Chaitra. As per the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the month of March or April. This Indian festival marks the onset of joy, happiness, hope, and light.
Not just in Andhra Pradesh, but Ugadi is also celebrated with an undying spirit and fervor in many other parts of our country with different names. For instance, in Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa whereas, in Karnataka, it is celebrated as Yugadi.
This has always been an important historic festival for the Hindus. As per the historic records, many donations are made to the temples by the affluent and middle class, alike on this day.
In its essence, the word Ugadi (also referred to as Yugadi) has been derived from Yuga which means an age, and Adi which means the beginning of something new like the beginning of a new age.
This refers to the age after which Lord Krishna left the world. This beginning of a new age has been described by Maharishi Vedavyasa as Yesmin Krishno Divamvyataha, Tasmat Eeva Pratipannam Kaliyugam.
It is interesting to know that the festival of Ugadi marks the beginning of New Year for people who are particularly living between the Kaveri and Vindhya rivers. Geographically speaking, it is majorly celebrated by the people who live in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
This popular Indian festival gives various reasons to people for celebrating the upcoming year in various ways. With the onset of this festival, people wake up early, clean their houses, decorate them with flowers, and wear new clothes.
The Mango leaves festoons are tied to the doors. There is even a special sauce for this special occasion, known as chutney in the local language, which is called Ugadi Pachadi. This chutney is kept in front of the deity of the house while performing Puja rituals. After the Puja, people enjoy a hearty meal together.
On this day, the householders also draw beautiful rangolis and exchange gifts with each other. Apart from this, people also indulge in charity events and visit temples. People also prepare various dishes like Pachadi which is a festive food for the festival of Ugadi.
Pachadi is a combination of almost all the flavors - like it is sweet, a bit sour, salty, bitter, and spicy too. As per the local culture, it is a symbolic reminder that a person should expect every kind of flavor from life and make the most out of what life gives them.
Hyderabad is an amazing destination that is all about exploring the charm of Indian history as well as the magic of urban scenery. It is located at an approximate distance of 1,558, 712, 1,504, 569 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach Hyderabad by the following means of transportation.
By Air. The best option to reach here would be Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD). This airport was named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Many airlines operate to and fro Hyderabad connecting many other Indian cities.
By Train. The city of Hyderabad has three main railway stations namely Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station, and Kachiguda Railway Station. All of these railway stations connect various Indian cities.
Depending upon your location, you decide to deboard at one of these stations.
By Road. Depending upon your particular geographical location, you can also consider traveling to Hyderabad via road as well. You can choose to travel in your own vehicle, cab or bus.