Basant Panchami 2020
Basant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated on the fifth day of Magh, the day falls somewhere in the months of February or March according to the Gregorian calendar. The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of the spring season.
According to popular belief, the origins of this festival lie in the Aryan period. Aryans came and settled in India through Khyber Pass, crossing the Saraswati River among many others. Being a primitive civilization, most of their development took place along the banks of the River Saraswati. Thus, River Saraswati began to be associated with fertility and knowledge. It is then that the day began to be celebrated.
According to mythology, a popular associated with this day is connected with poet Kalidasa. After he was married off to a beautiful princess through trickery, the princess kicked him out of her bed as she learned that he was foolish. Following this, Kalidasa went to commit suicide, upon which Saraswati emerged from the waters and asked him to take a dip there.
After taking a dip in the holy waters, Kalidasa became knowledgeable and began writing poetry. Thus, Vasant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of education and learning.
In today’s times, the festival is celebrated by farmers as the on-coming of the spring season. The day is largely celebrated in Northern Parts of India. Here, people offer food to the Brahmins and organize rituals in the name of Goddess Saraswati.
The color yellow is the predominant color associated with the festival, the origins of which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period. Kite flying is also commonly associated with this festival. Children as well as adults fly kites on this day to celebrate freedom and enjoyment.
Another tradition associated with this day is that of initiating studies in the young. Young children often begin learning on this day, which is believed to be the reason why the school sessions start in the month of March. Sweets with a yellow hue are also distributed on this day and people can also be seen donating books and other literary material to the poor.
when and why do we celebrate Basant Panchami
Pooja process to worship Saraswati on occasion of Vasant Panchami
– In the auspicious time of Vasant Panchami sit in a quiet place or temple facing east direction
– Put a barrel of wood in front of you. Spread white clothes on the Bajot and paint a picture of Saraswati Devi on it
– Place a copper plate on that bayage. If there is no copper plate, then you keep plate made of other material
– In this plate, add a lump of rice with uncut or saffron rice.
– Now, establish the Saraswati Yantra, proven in the prana-reputable and conscious auspicious muhurut on these spread Rice
– After this, ‘Saraswati’ should have a bath with Panchamrath. First give her bath from milk, then with ghee, then with curd, then with sugar and later with honey
– After this, offer sweet made of milk to Godess
– Now close eyes and meditate of Mother Saraswati and chant the 11 mala of following mantra from Saraswati Mala
|| ॐ श्री ऐं वाग्वाहिनी भगवती सन्मुख निवासिनि सरस्वती ममास्ये प्रकाशं कुरू कुरू स्वाहा: ||
– Pray for education, fast remembrance, riddhi-siddhi, power etc. for you and your children from Mother Saraswati and complete the pooja