Gudi Padwa was first celebrated in 1689 after the killing of Chatrapati
Sambhaji Raje. Why?
*Gudipadva* is auspicious day for western Maharashtrian Hindu. *Gudi* is
sort of flag comprises *bambu*, *saree*, *neem* branches, inverted *lota* all
inauspicious things to hindus. Still it is proudly flagged high on their
houses. This gudi which is made from inauspicious things to hindus has been flagged
high since the death of Chatrapati Sambhaji Raje by the Aurangjeb's Brahmin
ministers at Vadhu-Budruk. For the high class of Maharashtrians it was the
happiest moments in their life, it was a victory for them as Mahant Athavale
of Sanatan says, "Gudi is symbol of victory". Why Brahmin minister's killed
Sambhaji Raje? Because
(1) Sambhaji Raje had killed four ministers who had betrayed him, withdrew
their *sanad *and *vatan*(donated land and authority)
(2) Sambhaji Raje had written *Budhbhushanam* sanskrit granth (Manusmriti
says only Brahmins can study sanskirt and has refused other castes to study
sanskrit, if Shudra listen, read, write sanskrit, he will have to face
(3) Religious reformation in Maharashtra was started by Raje.
All these movements were revolt against Hindu religious establishments.