Ugadi-Khara Nama Samvatsara – Monday, April 4, 2011

Ugadi is the most important festival for all Hindus, its the new year and also first day of the Hindu calendar.

This year it is called the Khara Nama Samvatsara – ಖರನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ

In most Madhwa houses, the leaves of neem also called Bevu ಬೇವು  is mixed with jaggery called Bella ಬೆಲ್ಲ; and is distributed on the occasion. Neem, which is extremely bitter in taste( Kahi) , and jaggery which is sweet and delicious, signify the two different aspects of human life – joy and sorrow.

In most houses, ladies cook what’s called Obattu or Holige. I have never tried to prepare one, I used to just help my Mom when she used to prepare one for all these important festivals.

Of course, Here are some recipes posted in this blog:

P.S: As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.
You can find some amazingly good greetings in Kannada, at the following link

And here is the lyrics for the famous song by Shri Bendre, which we used to hear on major radio channels, Yuga Yugadi Kaledaru:Yuga Yugadi

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide

honge hUva tongalalli bhrungada sangIta kEli matte kELabarutide
bEvina kahi bALinalli hUvina nasugampu sUsi jIvakaLeya tarutide

varushakondu hosatu janma harushakondu hosatu neleyu akhila jIvajAtake
onde ondu janmadali onde bAlya onde haraya namagadashTE EtakO

niddegomme nitya maraNa edda sala navIna janana namage Eke bAradOelE sanatkumAradEva elE sAhasi chiranjIva ninage lIle sEradO

yuga yugAdi kaLedarU yugAdi maraLi barutide
hosa varushake hosa harushava hosatu hosatu tarutide nammanashTe maretide

You can of course listen to a preview of this song sung by S.Janaki at the following links here:

Watch on Youtube here.

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21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sahana on March 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Meera,
    Thanks for kannada greetings.Really liked it.


  2. Posted by k.usha on April 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Dear Meera,

    In Advance, wish you a Happy Ugadi


  3. Posted by k.usha on April 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Kannada greetings are very nice, thank you for provinding the same.


  4. Posted by k.usha on April 1, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Dear meera,
    sorry for the spelling mistake. Thank you for PROVIDING THE UGADI WISHES IN KANNADA.


  5. Posted by Vasuki on April 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for the info about Ugadi habba. BTW, do we find bevina alae n hoova here in US ? I stay in CA.

    Thank you.


  6. Posted by ಸೋಮ ಶೇಖ,ರ ನ್ಯುಜೆರ್ಸಿ, ಅಮೆರಿಕ on April 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

    ಈ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಂದುಗಳಿಗೆ, ಖರ ನಾಮ ಸಮ್ವತ್ಸರದ ಯುಗಾದಿಗೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು.



  7. Posted by rukmini on April 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Thank You very much for UGADI WISHES. It is celebrated by all hindus who are following lunar calender not only Madhwas.


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Yes, I know that. And that’s why the first two sentences start with…
      Ugadi is the most important festival for all Hindus, its the new year and also first day of the Hindu calendar.


  8. Posted by sahana on April 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Vasuki,

    Where in CA?
    I live in Sunnyvale, v got bevina hoovu at Bharat Bazar, nearby indian grocery store but no bevina yele n maavina yele n baale yele coconut hill alli sigutte. Just call n inquire, its already late, khali aagihogirutteeno??


  9. Posted by sahana on April 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Ugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu… :-)


  10. Posted by shubha on April 4, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Nimmellargu Khara nama samvastarada Shubhashayagalu



  11. Posted by Anjana Sarangapani on April 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Hi Meera and all

    Ellarugu Nanna Ugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu…Hope everybody celebrated ugadi in a great way…Actually its grt to know that we get bevina hoovu n maavina yele in US…i would like to share that i am relocating my family from Bangalore to Gurgaon since my husband got a job there. Even though i came to know the life style etc etc about Gurgaon through google.I need any of your experience about living in Delhi.I would really be happy to hear from anyone of you who experienced Delhi.Please do share with me about the society, safety and madhwa community in Delhi.



    • Posted by meeraghu on April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Good Luck with your move to Delhi, Anjana. I so badly want to see Delhi. Hopefully, this year India visit will have a trip planned to Delhi also.


  12. Wish you and your families a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year Yugaadi, Samvatsara 2068!

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  13. Posted by Prathima on April 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Happy belated UGADI wishes to all of you Meera.


    • Posted by meeraghu on April 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Prathima,
      Same to you, Shashi and Pragna as well. May Lord the Almighty shower his choicest blessings on you all.


  14. Posted by vidyavenugopal puttaparti on April 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

    hello meera and all,
    wish yiu a very happy ugadi.could plase sen me how to serve the food very traditionaly on special occassions like first serve the salt and then come the pysa. in the plate where does it go if you could sen with picture it would be of grat help. soon i am having a special guest and i want to prepare for that. thank you so much
    vidya venu


  15. Posted by Nikhila on April 13, 2011 at 3:19 am

    A very happy Khara Nama Samvatsara.
    Wanted to check with you if you have soft copy of the panchanga for this year.


  16. Posted by venkata srinivas kotty on May 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

    this blog is veryvery impportent all madhas. but the problem is we are telugu if possible please try to send in telugu also[if possible only]


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