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Basant Panchami 2019: May Maa Saraswati Bless Everyone With Knowledge, Wisdom & Prosperity

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| February 10 , 2019 , 12:52 IST

Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day of the month of 'Magha' according to the Hindu Calendar. The name Basant Panchami marks the onset of the spring season in India and the festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country. Basant Panchami also initiates the preparations of Holika as the festival of Holi follows 40 days after Basant Panchami.

"The harsh winter ends, spring is God-sent; A song on every lip; reminding one of yore; Nature at its very best, charting a new course; The flowers bloom, let’s romance to the core! Happy Basant Panchami!"

History of Vasanta Panchami celebration can be traced back to Dwapara Yuga. People worship Hindu Goddess of Learning and Arts, Maa Saraswati on this day. Students, scholars and poets chant mantras and make an offering to the goddess so that she can bless them with wisdom.

It is celebrated differently across various states of India. In Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, small pandals are erected across the colonies and bhog is distributed. Girls wear saree and offer prayers to the goddess. Students clean their bookshelves and organise a small pooja to please Goddess Saraswati.

While in Central, Eastern and Southern India, the festival is celebrated in temples and with Saraswati Puja; in North India, it is celebrated outdoors with kite flying, dancing and exchanging sweets.

"May the occasion of Basant Panchami bring the wealth of knowledge to you; And may you be blessed by Goddess Saraswati and all your wishes come true."

Bright flowers and lush green crops all around accompanied by sunshine set the stage for celebrations of this festival which generally starts with worshipping Goddess of Knowledge, Music & Wisdom – Maa Saraswati. Students, artists and people from different walks of life fast on this day to pay honour to the Goddess.

The idols of Goddess Saraswati are decorated with white clothes, and food and clothes of yellow colour are presented as offerings in the temples. Educational institutions and artistic clubs dedicate this day to the Goddess Saraswati.

"All around are beautiful sights, Flowers, birds, sweets and kites, Basant Panchami truly delights!"

Basant Panchami is also considered a blessed day to begin the education of young kids deeming Goddess Saraswati’s blessings on this very day.

According to legends, on the night of Basant Panchami, Chandradev or the moon stood still to watch the Ras Lila or the heavenly dance of Lord Krishna, Gopis and Radha at the Govardhan Parvat. The place came to be known as Chandra Sarovar and ras-lila is organized with great fervour to mark Vasant Panchami every year.

Some communities also do Pitr-Arpan as a mark of respect and to call for peace for departed souls. The God of love, Kamadeva is also worshipped on this day. In Punjab, people deck up in bright yellow coloured clothes, fly kites and relish on Meethe Chawal or sweet rice.

The colour yellow is symbolic of the vibrancy` of spring. After braving through the harsh winters, people welcome the spring donning the brightest colour of nature - yellow. People also offer yellow flowers and yellow sweets. Kesar halwa, sweet rice garnished with saffron is popularly prepared in households.