Pune (Maharashtra) : There is no scientific or spiritual reason for celebrating New Year on 1st January; in fact, lot of malpractices take place on 31st December and 1st January, i.e. the occasion of Christian New Year.
As per Hindu culture, New Year starts from Chaitra Shuddha Pratipada i.e. Gudhi Padwa; therefore, Hindus should celebrate New Year on Gudhi Padwa instead of 1st Janaury, was the appeal made by Shri. Gajanan Keskar, the State Coordinator of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) for Maharashtra in a press conference held on 23rd December.
The press conference was also attended by advocate Shri. Devadas Shinde, Secretary of Hindu Swabhiman Pratishthan, Ms. Rajashree Khollam of Sanatan Sanstha and Shri. Pravin Naik, HJS’ Pune district Coordinator. Shri. Keskar said, “The Government is granting permission to sell liquor till late night on this day; therefore, thousands of litres of liquor is sold and many young men and women taste it for the first time in their life on this day; later becoming addicts. Many wrong things like driving vehicles rashly; creating commotion, teasing women etc. occur on this day.
Celebrating New Year on 1st January like the British is sort of conversion for a day.
It is the outcome of the British discontinuing ‘Gurukul’ system of education and depriving Hindus of Dharmashikshan.”
Sou. Rajashree Khollam said, “The day of Gudhi Padwa has natural, spiritual and historical significance and it is the day on which the Universe was created. The purpose of celebrating this day is to help people in imbibing the ‘sattvikata’ of this day whereas there is no natural, spiritual or historical base for celebrating new year on 1st January; in fact, the new year is celebrated in the night of 31st December in ‘Raja-Tama’ atmosphere; so Hindus should celebrate their new year as per their culture on Gudhi Padwa.”
Drive undertaken by HJS for celebration of new year on Gudhi Padwa !
1. Representations have been submitted at 97 places including district collectors, elected representatives, police – administration, schools-colleges and companies etc. HJS has also set up Cells for creating awareness on the subject.
2. On 13th December, demonstrations were staged at Goodluck Chowk under auspices of Rashtriya Hindu Andolan.
3. As a part of the awareness drive, 4000 handbills have been distributed and 300 posters have been displayed so far.
4. Awareness is also being created ‘on line’ through Face book, e-mal, Whats AP, sms through cell phones etc. and social websites.
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat