Basant Panchami or Saraswati Puja: A Festival to Welcome Spring

Basant Panchami also known as Saraswati Puja, in which we celebrate the Hindu goddess of knowledge Maa Saraswati. Basant Panchami is also called Shri Panchami. It is the festival that symbolizes the arrival of spring. We get to start arrangements for Holi and Spring after Basant Panchami.

This Holi and spring generally come after 40 days of Basant Panchami. Basant Panchami or Saraswati Puja is celebrated on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of Magha, which usually falls in late January or February. This day is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, and learning.

Devotees worship the goddess with yellow flowers, Gulal, incense, lamps, etc. It is celebrated in a pompous way in every part of India especially Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, and Odisha.

The legend behind the birth of the goddess Saraswati

Once Lord Brahma was very blissful with the creation of a beautiful world. Thus, he had a go-round of his creation. He was dissatisfied and saddened by the complete silence on Earth because of the appearance of loneliness in the living beings.

After reanalyzing Lord Brahma came up with a wonderful idea. Instantly he splashed some water from his Kamandala (sacred jug), and a divine being appeared in front of him.

The divine being was a woman, holding a Veena (string musical instrument) in her hand. Lord Brahma appealed to her to play music and sing hymns for all his creations on his earth. As a result, the earth and enthusiasm.

Later, the divine being was popularly known as Maa Saraswati as well as Veena Vadini( harp player). After this, the day of Vasant Panchami is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati by the devotees.

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