Though festive spirit was witnessed, it lacked the charm of last year, thanks to the global recession. Gandhibazaar always abuzz with people shopping for the festival witnessed a low business on festival eve.
The festival marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon in its orbit. It is a day when mantras are chanted and predictions made for the new year.
According to astrologers, Goddess Virodhi, who the year is named after, will keep all the imminent differences at bay. “Be it on the national front or on an individual level, this year will be a test for all. Praying to the Goddess will help you sail through troubled times and ensure that a sense of togetherness prevails," a local astrologer said on TV on Mar 27.
It is a season for raw mangoes spreading its aroma in the air and the fully blossomed neem tree that makes the air healthy. Also jaggery made with fresh crop of sugarcane adds a renewed flavour to the typical dishes associated with Ugadi.
'Women power" will be the flavour of the coming year. Venus, the female planet"s strong effects on Virodhi Naam Samvatsara, ensures that women all over the country will have excellent prospects this year, says a astrologer.