Celebrating New Year with new enthusiasm and spirit may bring lots of happiness and prosperity to your life.
Let's all come together and welcome the Vikram Samvat 2073, the new year 2016. This year’s king will be Venus and Mercury will be minister, which signifies good health, prosperity, happiness and progress. This yoga will be very good for the development of the country. This Samvatsar is named as Saumya and the year begins in Leo ascendant. This traditional lunar Hindu calendar, followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkand, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi and Chhattisgarh is celebrated on Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (March – April). In 2016, the Nav Samvat 2073 begins on April 8.
Celebration of New Year on this day is more rational, more scientific and more meaningful in Indian context. In peninsular India, this day is celebrated in some form or the other. Gudi Padwa or Samvatsar Padvo is celebrated as the first day of the year by Maharashtrians and Konkanis.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated as Ugadi by the people of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Both Gudi Padwa and Ugadi are celebrated on the same day i.e. on the Chaitra shukla pratipada..
Gudi Padwa is Marathi New Year according to Luni-Solar calendar. Luni-Solar calendars consider the position of the Moon and the position of the Sun to divide the year into months and days. Apart from Luni-Solar calendar, there is Hindu solar calendar which considers only position of the Sun to divide the year into months and days. Because of that Hindu New Year is celebrated twice in the year with different names and at two different times of the year. The Hindu New Year based on Solar calendar is known as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Vaisakhi in Punjab, Pana Sankranti in Orissa, Noba Barsha in West Bengal, 'Vaisakha' in Bihar and 'Pooram Vishu' in Kerala, which falls on 13-14, April, 2016.
Though thorough cleaning of houses and business premises are generally conducted on the occasion of Deepawali, but on the occasion of New Year also, people clean their houses and remove wastes. Owing to Chaitra Navaratri beginning, people observe fast and enjoy festive mood. Since it is harvesting time also, people are charged with energy and vigor of richness.
Traditionally some health oriented, nourishing preparations are made to observe this day. Sanskrit texts suggest some bitter preparations to be prepared on this day consisting of Neem (Azadirachta indica) leaves, Jeera, Jaggery, Ajwain etc. This is all time blood purifier and prepares your body to take health related challenges throughout the year. Alternatively, you can take triphala powder also. According to Atharv-Veda –
Samvatsarasya pratimaam yam tavaam Ratryupasmahe
Saa na aayushmati praja rayasposhen sansrija
On the first day of New Era, everyone should contain the new cloths, the Kesariya [Orange-like coloured] cloths’s Flag having written OM on it, should be hoisting upon the roof of the house and the leaves of Neem Tree (Nimba), black chili and Mishri (Sugar Crystal) would be eaten. This day is also known as “Arogya Pratipada.”
There is also the tradition of visiting family Astrologer to discuss one’s personal issues and listening Varshafal (annual horoscope). People also discuss their planning and actions of the New Year and get astrological approval. According to Muhurta classics, first day of Samvatsar is actually very auspicious. So, take retrospection of last year and on the basis of the suggestions provided by your astrologer, note down your future planning and accordingly use your resources to implement your planning. Take a resolution in an auspicious atmosphere, as new day is a religious day also, make the list of important tasks and use your potential to fructify it.
In planetary cabinet, this year power will be in the hand of Venus i.e. Venus will be King with additional portfolio of Finance ministry. Minister will be Mercury. Law and order will be looked after by Mars. Out of these four major responsibilities- King, Minister, Finance and Law and order, three are occupied by auspicious planets, so this samvatsar is named as Saumya (gentle) samvatsar. We see a great change in power in comparison of last year.
Tilak's departure, the Saumya will rule
The power in new cabinet will be in the hands of Saumya planets i.e. gentle planets, so this year will be rather peaceful. On this day old Samvatsar of Tilak will be given farewell. Experts say this year material well-being of masses will be increased. The government's accountability to the public will also increase.
Planets and its result
King Venus: cereal production will be higher; increasing domination of women in society will grow rapidly.
Minister Mercury: special benefits to traders increase in the banks' business, also unification of banks possible, Per capita income will increase.
Finance Minister Venus: ups and down in the stock market will be continued, a revolutionary change in the information and technology sector.
Durgesh (Home Minister) Mars: increase in crime, but new techniques to catch criminals will also grow
Agra Dhanyadheepo (Agriculture Minister) Saturn: There will be increase of sufferings and diseases in public, Lack of coordination in government and public in general.
Pascha Dhanydheepo (Food Minister) Jupiter: agricultural development and land reform.
Meghesh (Water resources Minister) Mars: Uneven rainfall.
Rasesh (dairy and Gopalan Minister) Sun: milk and ghee production will decrease, increase in the use of canned material.
Nirasesh (mine and mineral, Transport Minister) Saturn: petroleum products will be expensive, increase in transport facilities
Falesh (Forest and Environment Minister) Mars: less production of fruits and other forest products, increased pollution.