People in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka are preparing to celebrate the holy festival of Ugadi. It is the traditional new year in Telugu and Kannada societies. In Karnataka, the festival is called Yugadi.

This year, the Hindu holy festival falls on 18 March. The same festival is also celebrated in Maharashtra as Gudi Padwa.

A portmanteau of Sanskrit words ‘Yuga’ and ‘Adi’, Ugadi, or Yugadi, means the beginning of a new age. Many believe that Lord Brahma created the universe on this day, which marks the beginning of the Satyayuga – one of the four yugas as per Hindu mythology.

So how should you greet people on this auspicious day?

1.

Leave the shadows of the past,

Look forward to new beginning,

Realise new aspirations and dreams,

Wishing you an Ugadi filled with happiness and fun!

2.

May you be blessed,

May the Ugadi bring you success, abundance, prosperity and contentment.

Happy Ugadi!

3.

Welcome the New Year with hope and eagerness,

May there be a bountiful year of prosperity, satisfaction and peace.

Happy Ugadi!

4.

I wish you a life filled with peace and laughter on this Ugadi.

Prayers for your strength to accept life’s ups and downs.

Happy Ugadi!

5.

Celebrate Ugadi with cheers and sprit of joy,

Love those who love you and spread happiness.

Have a happy Ugadi!

6.

Best wishes to you and your family this Ugadi Festival.

Have lots of fun and happiness.

Let this Ugadi bring joy to your family.

7.

Do you know what Ugadi means?

It means New:

Life

Hope

Aspirations

Spirit

Beginning

Come, let’s make each day an Ugadi!

Muhurat and Puja timings of Ugadi 2018:

Telugu Samvatsara 2075 begins –

Pratipada Tithi begins = 18:41 on 17 March 2018
Pratipada Tithi ends = 18:31 on 18 March 2018