Gudi Padwa 2024

May 07, 2024

Gudhi Padwa Celebrations: A testimony of Unity, Culture and Inspiration

On the auspicious occasion of Gudhi Padwa, the Foundation witnessed a vibrant celebration that encapsulated the spirit of unity, diversity and devotion. As the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar, Gudhi Padwa marks the commencement of the New Year for millions across India, known by various names such as Yugadi, Ugadi, Cheti Chand, Rongali Bihu and Navreh.

The day commenced with a soul-stirring Kriya Diksha Havan at our Mulund Centre, where Param Pujya Sadguru Yogiraj Dr Mangeshda graced the occasion with the hoisting of the 'Mangalya Pratik Gudhi' and imparted the sacred Kriya Diksha to aspiring spiritual seekers. It was immediately followed by Kriya Camp where new sadhakas were taught the ancient and scientific techniques of Kriya Yoga by the Master himself.

This Gudhi Padwa unfolded with a different hue, a testament to the teachings of resilience and fortitude echoed by our revered Sadguruji. As He often reminds us, life's journey is adorned with challenges and adversities, knocking at our doors unannounced. Yet, it is our strength, stability and health (physical as well as mental) that form the pillars of our endurance.

In recent conversations, Sadguruji has imparted invaluable wisdom, nudging us towards a deeper understanding of our spiritual journey. His decision to bestow the sacred Maantri Diksha and Shaabri Mantra Diksha upon us on Mahashivaratri Day, along with our participation in Laghu Rudra, carried profound significance, now clearer in retrospect.

Amidst the sacred atmosphere at the Diksha Venue, a sudden wave of adversity struck our dear family member, Mrs. Saraswati Vasudevan. Yet, due to Sadguruji's grace, she navigated through this tumultuous phase, emerging victorious in her battle against adversity. Sadguruji, our guiding light, narrated the events of that day in his discourse, revealing a reality that tested the limits of comprehension for any ordinary soul. Yet, it is through these trials that we witness the magnificence of Guru's grace, a divine presence that orchestrates every facet of our existence.

On that special day, revered Gurudev assumed various roles unknown to many of us with a silent yet resolute grace. In the wake of such divine manifestations, mere words of gratitude pale in comparison to the magnitude of blessings bestowed upon us. We are eternally indebted to the divine presence of Sadguruji, whose grace fills every moment of our lives, guiding us through the trials and triumphs of our spiritual journey.

The eagerly awaited Mahasatsang at Mayor's Hall, Andheri, Mumbai was greeted with traditional fervor and enthusiasm as Param Pujya Sadguruji made a grand entrance, accompanied by a spirited Lezim team. The hall pulsated with positive energy as devotees adorned in colourful attire gathered to bask in the divine presence. Amidst the joyous atmosphere, Sadguruji was accorded a traditional welcome with Arati, followed by Guru Pujan and his divine blessings.

The theme for this year's Gudhi Padwa celebrations, "Unity, Energy & Culture", was a touching reminder of India's rich tapestry of cultures and traditions. The bhajan mandali, comprising of talented singers such as Archana, Sandeep and Mahendra showcased a diverse repertoire of bhajans accompanied by our young and dynamic musician Varun Raval who stole the show with his masterful performance.

The cultural extravaganza sounded like a mesmerizing celebration of India's diverse traditions and vibrant heritage. Skit and dance performances have a unique way of bringing these cultural elements to life, conveying not just the surface beauty but also the deeper meanings and values embedded within them. Highlighting events like Gudhi Padwa, a festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Hindu lunar calendar and is celebrated with immense fervour in various parts of India, added layers of authenticity to the presentation. It was a testament to the richness of Indian culture and its ability to unite people across different regions and backgrounds.

The cultural program ended with a Bengali dance, encapsulating the message of living every moment with zest and enthusiasm, was a beautiful way to conclude the cultural showcase. It reinforced the idea of embracing life's joys and challenges with a positive spirit, something that resonates with people from all walks of life. Hrishikesh Ambaye was anchor for the evening, guiding the proceedings with warmth and grace.

Overall, it sounded like a truly enchanting and inspiring event that not only entertained but also educated and uplifted the spirit. In a moment of celebration, Sadguruji was felicitated by Kriyaban Prakash Irde and Kriyaban Hemin Bharucha. The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Sadguruji’s divine blessings, delivered in his unique and profound manner. His words resonated deeply, emphasizing the importance of unity, enthusiasm and the spirit of Gudhi Padwa. As he recounted the events of the day, we were reminded of the power of faith and resilience in overcoming life's challenges. Indeed, to behold the divine presence of Sadguruji and to bask in the illumination of his wisdom on the inaugural day of a New Year transcends all earthly treasures. It is a timeless moment where the boundaries between the mundane and the divine dissolve into insignificance.

As we embark upon this new chapter of our journey, blessed with the grace of Sadguruji's darshan and teachings, we carry within us the seeds of transformation and renewal. Each step forward is infused with the sacred energy of his presence, propelling us towards greater heights of spiritual realization and inner fulfilment. Truly, there is no greater blessing than to welcome the New Year in the presence of Sadguruji, for in his divine radiance, we find the eternal spring of hope, love and boundless grace.

As the evening drew to a close, our Foundation inaugurated notebooks for underprivileged students, a small yet impactful gesture in our ongoing commitment to social welfare. Our charitable Foundation is always working for many social causes and this activity will help a lot of needy students. All present in the auditorium were filled with a sense of gratitude and fulfilment. Reflecting on the significance of the celebrations, we realized that it had bestowed upon us moments of joy, unity and introspection.

We express our deepest gratitude to Sadguruji for his ever-important guidance and love. Words fail to convey the depth of our appreciation, but know that our hearts are filled with love and reverence for you, dear Sadguruji.


Gudi Padwa 2024