Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchmi is celebrarted on the fifth lunar day of the fortnight of Magha month as per Hindu calendar. This is associated with the worship of Goddess Saraswati. It is believed that Goddess Saraswati was brought into existence by Lord Brahma. On the other hand, this day is also recognized as Basant Panchmi, as it marks the beginning of the spring season.
Basant Panchami 2015 & Saraswati Puja 2015
Basant Panchmi is an auspicious day to welcome spring season. It is marked with the birthday of Goddess Saraswati, who is the goddess of education and knowledge. This day is considered remarkable to start new venture in education. Saraswati Puja is performed by all the schools, colleges and education institutes on this day.
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Saraswati Puja 2015: Worshipping Goddess Saraswati
On the day on Basant Panchmi, people worship Goddess Saraswati as it is believed that she bestows the devotees with knowledge. Hence, the day is also marked with Abujh Muhurat. The worship of Goddess Saraswati is carried out in all the school, colleges and educational institutes. Books and Stationery are kept in front of Goddess Saraswati and are worshipped.
The Goddess of Knowledge: Maa Saraswati
Maa Saraswati is the Mother of Knowledge, art, education and music. As per the Vedic mythology, she wears white saree, which is a significance of purity. She has four hands, wherein, she holds Veena in the two and lotus in one hand; with other hand she holds Vedic scriptures.
Goddess Saraswati is also known as the mother of Sanskrit. The person who worships her with utmost devotion gets the knowledge and wisdom.
The Legend of Saraswati Puja
According the ancient Hindu scriptures, Lord Brahma was happy to create human and earth. When he went out to take a glimpse of the same, he was disappointed to see the silence in the world everywhere. So, he created Goddess Saraswati by sprinkling some water in the air. As a result, Goddess Saraswati is also known as Water Deity. She blessed the world with voice and art.
Another legend related to the worship of Goddess Saraswati goes back thousands of years. It says when Kalidas was called foolish by his wife he decided to give up his life by jumping in the river. As soon as he was about to jump, Goddess Saraswati emerged from the river and advised to take a dip in the water. After doing what he was told, Kalidas became knowledgeable and emerged as famous poet.
Saraswati Mantra For Saraswati Puja 2015
During the Puja of Goddess Saraswati this mantra is being recited:
Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||
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Significance of Yellow Color On Vasant Panchami 2015
People on the day of Basant Panchmi prefer wearing yellow clothes and eat yellow colored sweets. This is because yellow represents spring season. It is the color of Sun, which gives energy. This color is also associated with the light of knowledge.
Celebration of Basant Panchami 2015
The festival of Basant Panchmi has its social, religious and seasonal significance. People all over the country celebrate it with great joy and enthusiasm. In the morning, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in temples, schools and education institutes. After that, children fly kites to welcome springs season. Several dance and music programs are also preformed.
People give donation to Brahmins. As per the Hindu Mythology, if a person give food to the Brahmins on Basant Panchmi it goes directly to their ancestors. This custom is termed as ‘Pitra-Tarpan’.
In the northern region, people celebrate this festival as festival of kites. Whereas in West Bengal people set up pandals, to worship Goddess Saraswati. The festival there is known as Sri Panchmi.
Basant Panchmi is also celebrated in Nepal. People decorate the temple a day before Saraswati pujan.
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Category: Festival 2015
Created: Thursday, November 20 2014
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar