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Vasant Panchami is one of the important festivals celebrated all over the world

Vasant Panchami is one of the important festivals celebrated all over the world

Vasant Panchami is one of the important festivals celebrated all over the world. Here ‘Vasant’ means spring and ‘Panchami’ means the fifth day of the spring season. According to the Hindu calendar, this festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the month of Magh and this day falls most probably in the months of February and March. This day is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Saraswati. It is believed that the origins of this auspicious festival lie in the Aryan period when Aryans came and settled in India through the Khyber Pass by crossing the Saraswati River. At that time, most of their developments took place along the banks of the Saraswati River and thus this river began to be associated with the two aspects, i.e., fertility and knowledge. From then, this festival began to be celebrated.

This great festival is also celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of education and learning. The history behind this is as here: A popular poet, Kalidasawhen married to a beautiful princess, he was kicked off from the bed by his wife as she thought that he was a foolish man and he went to commit suicide. At that time, the Goddess Saraswati emerged from the river and ask him to take a dip there. Kalidasa agreed to take the dip and he became so much knowledgeable and began writing poetry after taking a dip in the holy river. Hence, this day is also dedicated to the knowledge.

This festival also indicates the on-coming of the spring season and is largely celebrated by the farmers in Northern India. On this day, people arrange food for the Brahmins. The color ‘Yellow’ is strongly associated with this festival and has a great significance. The origin of this color are the fields of mustard which can be highly seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period. Kite flying is one of the other activities being associated with this festival. On this day, children and adults usually fly kites in order to celebrate freedom and enjoyment.

There is a major reason behind the starting of the school sessions in the month of March,i.e., this festival often comes in the month of February and March and thus the school session starts to initiate studies (learning) among the young ones. Many people distribute the sweets and books to the poor ones on this day.

The significance of Vasant Panchami:

It is an auspicious Hindu festival, popularly celebrated in the honor of Goddess Saraswati, the deity of knowledge, art, and music. The fifth day of Magh on which this day is celebrated is also considered to be the first day of spring. Goddess Saraswati is dedicated to the knowledge, calmness, and serenity. She is always seen to be seated on a white lotus, wearing a pure white silk saree and holding a book in her hand with the eyes full of compassion. Her four hands denote the aspects of human personality, i.e., mind, intellect, alertness, and ego. Holding a lotus in her hands is the symbol of knowledge. A white swan is considered to be her ride which is known for its capability of separating water from the milk which teaches us to develop the ability to discriminate the bad from the good.

This day is also known as the Saraswati Day, largely celebrated by the people of Northern India with a great enthusiasm. The temples are also beautifully decorated and conduct various religious activities. People usually wear the dress of yellow in color to follow the rituals representing the symbol of knowledge and also perform Pitra-Tarpan which is known as the traditional ancestral worship. This day marks the beginning of the learning process for the children as they are taught their first word on this day. According to the tradition, children place their books on the altar, at the feet of the goddess. Various schools and colleges organize a traditional and religious worship on this day and no one is allowed to touch the books as it is believed that Goddess Saraswati is blessing the books.

This day also consists of the worshipping of Kamadeva, the God of Love. People pray in front of the Sun. With the arrival of this festival, the mango flowers start blossoming on trees, representing the beginning of a new life.

Overview/History behind this festival:

Vasant Panchami indicates the beginning of the spring season. It is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja in the eastern parts of West Bengal and is celebrated as the festival of kite flying in the States of Punjab and Bihar. This festival was celebrated in the royal palace of Kamadev in the olden days (ancient time). Many people dance on this festival along with the dhol. A grand feast is also organized in the honor of Kamadeva. This day is considered to be very auspicious to host a large number of weddings.

A celebration of this festival:

As Vasant stands for the oncoming of spring season and Panchami stands for the fifth day. Thus, the festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the spring season. In many places, the status of Goddess Saraswati is adorned with a beautiful yellow saree and adorable jewelry. A grand pandal is also organized to welcome the Goddess Saraswati in many parts of the country.

Astrological benefits of Saraswati Puja:

This Saraswati Puja is conducted on the occasion of Vasant Panchami and is performed by Vamtantra. According to astrology, this puja helps everyone to eradicate the malefic effects of Chandra, Budh, Brahaspati and Shukra. Many people who undergo maha Dasa and Antar Dasha of the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus can take numerous benefits by carrying out this auspicious puja and daan.

This Saraswati Puja helps the individual as follows:

  • To attain the knowledge and peace.
  • To attain a good education.
  • To remove the hurdles/obstacles in the way of their education.
  • To initiate the learning.
  • To motivate the students for higher learning.
  • To improve their memory as more intense and sharp.
  • To minimize or reduce the malefic effects of afflicted Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus.
  • Hence, Vasant Panchami is one of the most popular and auspicious festivals that is celebrated with great joy and faith in the Northern India.

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