Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ugadi Festival in Ramanagaram

Citizens wellcomed the new year Virodhi Nama Samvatsara with expectations of properity and peace. The celebration of Ugadi Festival - the beginning of the new year was moderate. Donned with new clothes the family members together visited temples to seek blessings of their favorite diety. 

At home people began the day with abhyanjana snana. After performing pooja at home the elder of the family offered the rest of the members neem flowers and jaggery to eat. While jaggery represents the sweetest moments of life, the neem represents the bitter moments. The idea of offering neem and jaggery is to remind us to take the bitter moments and the sweetest moments of life equally! 

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