Gudi Padwa: 70 Artists Make 18,000 Sq Ft Rangoli In Record 9 Hours

Maharashtra celebrates Gudi Padwa with a huge Rangoli at Gaondevi Maidan, Thane. 

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Maharashtra celebrated Gudi Padwa (also known as ‘Chaitra Shukla Pratipada’) with a 18,000 square feet Rangoli made at the Gaondevi Maidan in Thane. With as many as 70 artists using 900 kg of Rangoli powder, this piece of art was made in record 9 hours. This Rangoli will be on display till 19 March.

The Rangoli also aims to promotes the message of peace and good health. The artists have drawn the Shanti Mantra pattern across the Rangoli to send this message for the fellow citizens of the country. The Shanti Mantra, taken from the Upanishads sends a strong message of 'shanti’ across the land.

Ved Katti, representative of RangRasik Trust spoke about the mantra etched in the 18,000 square feet Rangoli.

This 18,000 sqare feet Rangoli will be displayed till 19 March. We have used about 900 kg Rangoli powder to make it. This beautiful Rangoli was made by 70 artists with the ‘Shanti Mantra’ drawn, which sends a message of peace and good health across the country.
Ved Katti

Gudi Padwa, celebrated on 18 March this year, marks the beginning of the year for Maharashtrians. Gudi Padwa falls on the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu Lunar calendar. The Konkani community calls this day as Samwatsara.

The festival revolves around the celebration of spring in the agricultural calendar. It marks the harvest of rabi crop and time for mangoes to flood the market. Maharashtrians celebrate Gudi Padwa with a traditional preparation of Puran Poli.

This year, the government of Maharashtra has also decided to impose a ban on plastics in the state from 18 March. The ban, which aims to reducing the consumption of plastic, will mainly target manufacturers of plastic bags, straws and disposable plastic cutlery, like spoons, cups and plates.

Editor: Kammaljiit S Kainth

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