Religion is at the core of each and every human being. Religion brings maturity and knowledge. True wisdom comes to those who experience the grace of God in this very lifetime. Although there are various festivals and rituals which lead us to true knowledge and wisdom, one such very important festival in Hindu Religion as Vasant Panchami.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated in honor of Goddess Saraswati, who is considered as the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom. She is the foremost Goddess of Knowledge in various forms whether it is arts, science, fine arts, technology, Vedas, Music, etc.
If one is the seeker of true knowledge, the very essence from which every branch of knowledge springs Goddess Saraswati opens up the door of knowledge to such seekers. Her blessings are needed for success in professional fields.
Moreover, an individual needs the blessing of Goddess Saraswati if he or she wants to know and learn the core of the chosen field of knowledge.
Vasant Panchami has the status of being an important Indian Festival, which is celebrated every year in the Magh month according to the Hindu Calendar. Actually, the fifth day of Magh is celebrated as Vasant Panchami, Panchami meaning the fifth day.
According to the Gregorian calendar, Vasant Panchami falls in the month of February or March.
The day is spent in the worship of Goddess Saraswati and it also marks the onset of the spring season. Vasant Panchami is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. She is believed to remove the ignorance in the life of her Devotees.
She is believed to grant enlightened in the lives of his devotees. The origin of this festival dates back to the Aryan period when they settled around the river Saraswati. Slowly and gradually the river began to be considered the origin of knowledge and fertility.
The Supreme knowledge and Saraswati were equal. People began to worship The Goddess Saraswati on Vasant Panchami day. Since then Vasant Panchami was associated with the worshipping of Goddess Saraswati.
According to another popular belief, Vasant Panchami or Saraswati Puja is related to Brahma Vaivarta Purana. According to this religious scripture, Saraswati was granted boon from Sri Krishna that she too would be worshiped on the day of Saraswati Panchami.
After worshipping Ganesh, Sun, Vishnu, Shiva, and then Goddess Saraswati is worshipped. In this puja, firstly a Puja Kalasha is established. Then all the worship, rituals, and ceremonies are performed in which Goddess Saraswati is worshiped.
Religious songs are sung dedicated to Mata Saraswati. The festival is celebrated in a grand way in which people dance, sing and offer colors at the feet of the Goddess Saraswati. Food is offered to the Brahmins and rituals are organized in the name of Goddess Saraswati.
However, the rituals do not end here. It is an important festival for farmers who celebrate Vasant Panchami at the onset of the spring season. It is a major festival in the Northern Part of India. The color yellow is predominantly associated with the festival Saraswati Panchami. The fields of mustard can be seen in Punjab and Haryana.
Here farmers celebrate the festivals by singing and dancing and performing varied other rituals. Flying Kites is also associated with this festival in which people experience the joy and enthusiasm in this experience other than worshipping Goddess Saraswati.
Girls are seen wearing bright yellow dresses and participate in the festivities. The color yellow signifies the vibrancy of life. People also prepare special Kesar Halva on this day of Vasant Panchami.
Besides following the traditions of rituals, dancing and worshipping Goddess Saraswati, there is another important ritual of initiating studies in the young. Young children begin their studies on this day after taking the blessing of Goddess Saraswati.
This is an important tradition that is followed with equal zeal and enthusiasm by people as they know that Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of learning and knowledge.
In Hindu, Religion Symbols hold a special place as they have their own meaning and Vasant Panchami is no exception. Goddess Saraswati is the deity of this festival.
She is considered as the Goddess of learning and intellect. She has four hands which signify alertness, intellect, ego, and the mind. She is seen playing veena and carries lotus flower and Vedas (scriptures) in the other two hands.
She rides on a white swan and her white dress is a symbol of purity. She is also seen sitting on a lotus which symbolizes her wisdom.
Vasant Panchami Date 2020
In 2020, Vasant Panchami will be celebrated on 29th January 2020 (Wednesday). The Vasant Panchami Tithi begins at 10:45 AM on January 29, 2020, and ends at 01:19 PM on January 30, 2020. The Saraswati Panchami Puja Muhurta starts at 10:45 AM to 12:40 PM.
Wishing all my beloved readers, “A Very Happy Vasant Panchami”.
Vasant Panchami Date