Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on November 14 offered prayers at Panchdev Mandir in Gandhinagar on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year.
The Gujarati New Year, also known as Bestu Varas, marks the beginning of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar.
“My dear brothers and sisters of Gujarat, I wish you all a very Happy New Year. May the new year of Vikram Samvat 2080 be a year of growth and prosperity for all. A visionary leader and the most popular leader of the world, Prime Minister Narendra bhai Modi laid a strong foundation for the development of the state, on which we all have made Gujarat synonymous with development through continuous development with joint efforts,” the Gujarat CM posted on X (formerly Twitter).
ગુજરાતના મારા વ્હાલા ભાઈબહેનો,
આપ સૌને નૂતન વર્ષની હાર્દિક શુભકામનાઓ પાઠવું છું. વિક્રમ સંવત ૨૦૮૦ નું નવું વર્ષ સૌ માટે વિકાસ અને સમૃદ્ધિનું વર્ષ બની રહે તેવી મંગલકામના.
વિઝનરી લીડર અને વિશ્વના સર્વાધિક લોકપ્રિય નેતા માનનીય વડાપ્રધાન શ્રી નરેન્દ્રભાઈ મોદીએ રાજ્યના વિકાસનો એક… pic.twitter.com/MLej80Q7Qm
— Bhupendra Patel (@Bhupendrapbjp) November 14, 2023
The Gujarat CM also offered prayers at the Dada Bhagwan Trimandir in Gandhinagar.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year.
“Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters. May this New Year bring joy and happiness to all of your lives,” Amit Shah posted on X.
નૂતન વર્ષની મારા સૌ ભાઈઓ અને બહેનોને શુભકામનાઓ.
આ નૂતન વર્ષ તમારા સૌના જીવનમાં ઉત્સાહ અને ઉમંગનો સંચાર કરે. pic.twitter.com/gFF4erF0jB
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 14, 2023
On this day, people visit temples to offer puja to deities. Dressed up in festival finery, they meet their relatives and friends to wish them a new year.
The day is of special significance for traders and businessmen as it marks the beginning of the financial year for them, and hence, new ledgers are opened on this auspicious day. The enterprising people, mostly engaged in business, herald their Bestu Varas with celebrations, feasts, and revelry.
The traditional account books in Gujarat are known as ‘Chopda’. A new Chopda is opened during Diwali Puja in the presence of Goddess Lakshmi to seek her blessings.
Gujarati New Year also coincides with Govardhan Puja celebrations in North India, which take place on the next day of Diwali every year.
(with inputs from ANI)