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Ugadi and Rama Navami

April 4, 5pm - MIT Chapel.


Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the people of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India. It is festively observed in these regions on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra. The day is observed by drawing colorful patterns on floor, mango leaf decorations on doors, buying and giving gifts such as new clothes, giving charity to the poor, visiting Hindu temples, etc. Ugadi has been important and historic festival of the Hindus. The same day is observed as a New Year by Hindus in many other parts of India such as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.

Rama Navami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival celebrates the descent of Lord Vishnu as Rama avatar, through his birth to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. The festival is a part of the spring Navaratri, and falls on the ninth day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra.

At Hindu Student Council’s celebration of Ugadi and Rama Navami this year, we will perform a samuhika puja (collective worship) followed by a discussion on the traditional Hindu calendar. The event will end with a vegetarian dinner.

Last updated January 22, 2020.