Vasant Panchami: Significance of Saraswati Puja in India
Vasant Panchami is the festival to worship the Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati is considered the Goddess of Knowledge and Art. This day is a very auspicious day, especially for students. On this day, students worship Idol of Goddess Saraswati. There is a custom to wear yellow clothes on this special day.
When is Vasant Panchami
Vasant Panchami is a famous festival of Hindus and Sikhs. It is also called Shri Panchami. Shri is referred to the Goddess with due respect and Panchami according to Hindu calendar means the fifth day.
According to the Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of Hindu Magh Month on Shukla paksha with great joy and enthusiasm. This year it will be celebrated on Monday, 22nd January 2018.
Significance Of Vasant Panchami and Saraswati Puja
India is a country of festivals. India celebrates all the festivals keeping in mind every religion and the changing season. Vasant Panchami is one of these festivals. It is also called Basant Panchami in Northen India. It symbolizes the end of winter season. This festival is celebrated by worshiping the Goddess Saraswati in Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal and many other parts of India. It is also celebrated in Nepal. Everyone enjoys this festival with great fun and enthusiasm.
Vasant or Basant (Spring) is said to be the King of the seasons. When it comes, the weather becomes very pleasant. The arrival of spring brings positive energy and happiness all around in humans, animals, birds, plants and the surrounding. Farms are full of ripening yellow mustard flowers. Crops like wheat, barley, and grams are ready to harvest by this time, hence this festival brings prosperity and all Indians celebrate this festival with great pleasure.
This season is also very suitable in terms of health. The effect of winter gradually begins to end from this day. On this day yellow color is the center of attraction. The yellow color is dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati. People wear yellow clothes, and yellow sweets are made by women in their home.
It is believed that it was this day when Goddess Parvati with the help Lord Kamdev tried to bring back Lord Shiv from severe meditation so they could reunite.
In the ancient era, on this day the king used to visit the temple on an elephant. It is said that the King worshipped the Lord Kamdev-the God of love on this day. The King used to worship all the deities in the temple by dedicating grains in their feet.
Vasant Panchami festival is known for its Goddess Saraswati Puja. This day is celebrated since ancient times as the birthday of Goddess of Knowledge Saraswati. It is because of this reason Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on this day.
Saraswati Puja is done in all schools and educational institutions on this day. Various cultural activities like singing and dancing are organized. The idol of Saraswati Mata is established. Teacher, students, and great seekers of music and literature also worship seeking blessings, wisdom, and intellect from the Goddess.
May everyone is blessed with the grace of Goddess Saraswati. My warm greetings to all for this auspicious day. Happy Vasant Panchami. Hope you enjoyed reading.