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Basant Panchami

February 7, 2011

Basant Panchami


Maa Sarawati

Maa Sarawati



Saraswati Puja is observed on Basant Panchami day. Saraswati Puja 2011 date is February 8. This festival is observed with lot of gusto in Bengal, Orissa and other Eastern regions of India. Saraswati puja day marks the beginning of Basant rithu (spring season). It falls on Magh Shukla Panchami day. It is also known as Shri Panchami or Saraswati Panchami. It is believed that on this day Goddess Saraswati was born, hence Shri Panchami is also celebrated as Saraswati Jayanti.
Saraswati puja day falls in Falgun month as per Bengali calendar. It is also celebrated in Nepal and Bangladesh to worship Saraswati Mata. Men and women clean their houses and install the idol of Goddess Saraswati and start worshipping with shodashopachar puja. They keep books, pens and other stationery items in front of the Goddess worship along with Mata.
Saraswati – Goddess of Learning:
Maa Saraswati is the Goddess to worship on the day of Vasant Panchami. Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, the divine symbol of Vedic knowledge and wisdom.
Vasant Panchami Celebrations in Basar – Shri Panchami in Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple:
In Basar, Andhra Pradesh, Gnana Sarasawati temple is located. According to Puranas, the temple and the main adobe was set and established by Veda Vyasa, who wrote MahaBharata. Here, the Sarasawati is worshipped with great fervor and Vasant Panchami is celebrated in a grand way. Saraswati Homam (Yagna) is performed by Veda pandits.
On this day, in Basar temple, ‘Aksharabhyasam or ‘vidya Praasana or ‘Vidhyarambham’ is done for children who are at the age of 3 – 5 years. After Vidya Praasana they are all set to go to school and pursue their education.

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