Basant Panchami Festival

November 08, 2010 By: admin Category: Festivals

Basant Panchami Festival

Basant Panchami or Shree Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati.The color yellow also plays an important role in this festival, in that people usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families. The goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh January-February, the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words; Brahmins are fed; ancestor worship Pitr-tarpan is performed; the god of love Kamadeva is worshipped; and most educational institutions organise special prayer for Saraswati.

Basant Panchami or Shree Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati.The color yellow also plays an important role in this festival,in that people usually wear yellow garments,
sraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families.

The goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh January-February, the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words; Brahmins are fed; ancestor worship Pitr-tarpan is performed; the god of love Kamadeva is worshipped; and most educational institutions organise special prayer for Saraswati.

She is seated on a white lotus in Padmasana, adorned by a pure white silk sari, has a book in her lower left hand, her lower right hand showing the chinmudra, Aksharamala in Her right upper hand, and Amrithakalasam in Her left upper hand. Both eyes are full of compassion. The vehicle assigned to each of the three goddesses also symbolically represent their special powers. Goddess Saraswathi is the consort of Lord Brahma Lord of Creation and is the Goddess of wisdom and learning. Saraswati is the one who gives the essence Sara of our own self swa. She is considered as the personification of all knowledge – arts, sciences, crafts and other skills. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on the veena.

Like Brahma, she is not worshipped much in temples. However, every year Saraswathi Pooja Navarathiri is celebrated by people all over India, be it students, workers, craftsmen, businessmen offering their prayers for a successful and fruitful year. However, Saraswathi does have a temple in Koothanur in Tanjavur district (Tamil Nadu).There is an important Saraswati Temple in Basar at a distance of 40 km from Nizamabad in Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh on the banks of Godavari River. There is also a small but very old temple in Hasanpur and and a relatively new one in Bakhri Bazar, Bihar.

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