Mesadi/Vaisakhadi is an important festival celebrated by the people of Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is celebrated on the 13th day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Vaishakha, which usually falls in the month of May. It is an important festival for the farmers of Maharashtra and Karnataka as it marks the beginning of the sowing season.
The festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm by people of both the states. People start preparing for the festival a few days before. Houses are cleaned, decorated and lit up. People buy new clothes and jewelry to mark the occasion. On the day of the festival, people wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath. They then offer prayers to the Sun God and goddesses like Laxmi and Gauri. Special prayers are also offered to the local deity of the area.
The highlight of the festival is the procession of the village deity, which is taken out in a palanquin. People follow the procession singing devotional songs and playing musical instruments. At the end of the procession, people indulge in a feast. Sweets like puran poli, laddu, and modak are prepared and distributed among the people.
Mesadi/Vaisakhadi is also an important festival for the farmers of Maharashtra and Karnataka. It marks the beginning of the sowing season and farmers start sowing their crops. They also offer prayers to the local deity asking for a good harvest.
In conclusion, Mesadi/Vaisakhadi is an important festival celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of Maharashtra and Karnataka. It marks the beginning of the sowing season for the farmers and is celebrated with a procession of the village deity, feasting and other festivities.