[GHHF] Ugadi was celebrated by reading predictions for the New Year, organizing Bhajans, and talked about the differences between Hinduism and Christianity. 

15 Apr 2024 185 Views

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is committed to celebrate all the festivals and instill Bhakti among devotees in the villages. Our Pracharaks organize many programs and celebrate the festivals by explaining the meaning and significance of the Ugadi.  
On April 9th, Hindu dharma campaigning was done in Seebai village of Kalyandurg mandal in Andhra Pradesh. Sri Gopi Chary Garu talked about the importance of Ugadi and why we celebrate. 
All Hindu festivals have their own significance and importance. Hindu culture has a rich heritage, with numerous festivals. Each celebrated festival throughout the year has its own distinct value and ritual practice. Ugadi is celebrated in many states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Hindus take pride in celebrating festivals, because it is time for getting together as families. Ugadi like many other Hindu festivals believes in replacing vices with Virtues. This festival is celebrated to thank and celebrate the bounteous crop and also is a sign of the end of an old era and the beginning of a new one.
Ugadi pachchadi is a dish that has become synonymous with Ugadi. It is made of new jaggery, raw mango pieces and neem flowers and new tamarind which truly reflect life - a combination of sweet, sour, and bitter tastes! 
Significance of Ugadi
The name "Ugadi" came from Yuga + Aadi which means "Beginning of a New age. It is believed that the creator according to Hinduism, Lord Brahma started his work of creation on the Chaitra Sudha Padhyami(Ugadi). The onset of spring also in some way symbolically marks the beginning of a new life. The new life seen in the fields and meadows, with colorful blossoms, also signifies prosperity and well-being.
Puja / Prayer in relation to Hindu Dharma V/S Christianity
In Hinduism, the word puja is personal and sound system is used only during festivals, when the deity is meditated upon or worshiped individually in a secluded place. All the assembled Hindus hear Sri Gopi Chary Garu talk about various aspects of pujas and importance of Krodhi year and read about the forecast for each of the Naksatras. 
Similarly in Christianity though
   Comparing Christianity, Sri Gopi Chary said that to attract people, they need to feed them the meat, to pray the pastor needs loudspeaker to shout and cry and jump. Without this piece of meat, there is no prayer. Moreover, if you put on microphones and listen to the screams and cries at night while the demons roam, it is not like a prayer, it is like the screams of a madman. It was informed to Hindus how much there is difference between Hinduism and Christianity. 
Following the celebration of Ugadi, Bhajans were conducted where villagers participated enthusiastically and participated in singing Bhajans. Devotional singing an help to quiet the mind so that the heart can open to the divine, allowing us to taste the blissful reality that is our true nature. It is a participatory spiritual practice in which everyone is encouraged to sing and express their inner joy.
Listening to devotional bhajans and aartis can have several benefits, including:
1.    Spiritual upliftment: Devotional music can help in creating a peaceful and spiritual environment, leading to a sense of inner peace and tranquility.
2.    Emotional well-being: The soothing melodies and uplifting lyrics of bhajans and aartis can evoke positive emotions, reduce stress, and promote emotional well-being.
3.    Connection to higher power: Many people find that listening to devotional music helps them feel connected to their spiritual beliefs and a higher power, providing a sense of comfort and solace.
4.    Cultural and traditional preservation: Bhajans and aartis often carry cultural and traditional significance, and listening to them can help preserve and promote these aspects of heritage.
5.    Community and fellowship: Listening to devotional music can be a communal experience, bringing together individuals in shared spiritual practice and fostering a sense of community and fellowship. (Source: Quora)
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