Hindu New Year is being welcomed in different parts of the country today with traditional festivities and celebrations.The Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Navareh, Navroz and Chetti Chand are the same festivals in different names, marking the occasion.
In North India the Nine Days Navratra Festival began Friday with special prayers, fairs and fasts.
Gudi Padwa is celebrated in Maharashtra while Ugadi is the Lunar New Year in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In some parts of the country the festival is marked as harvest celebration.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the nation on this auspicious occasion.