Ugadi Pooja Orders received after 5:00 PM (IST) 30-Mar, 2014 cannot
be executed on Ugadi Pooja Day (31-Mar-2014). Instead Pooja will
be performed on the date selected by you and Prasadam will be sent to you.
Ugadi marks the beginning of the Telugu New Year. It
also brings happiness with the onset of Vasanth Ruthu (spring). Ugadi name has
been changed from Yuga Aadi (Yuga + Aadi means beginning of New age). It is believed
that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day
- Chaithra Shuddha Prathipade or the Ugadi day. It is the most important festival
for Hindus, which falls on Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade (Padya). According to Hindu
myths, Lord Brahma created the earth and set days, nights, dates, weeks, fortnights,
months, seasons, and years to count the time.
During Ramayana period, the New Year was being celebrated
on the first day of Uttharayana. So, Chaitra was the 12th month. Varahamihira,
a saint who lived in sixth century, started a new method of celebrating New Year
on Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade. Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar
calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. It is a day when mantras are chanted
and predictions made for the new year.