As per Hindi Lunar calendar, Basant Panchami or Saraswati Puja is celebrated on the fifth day of Magh Shukla. Basant panchami is also called Vasant or Shree panchami. This year it will be celebrated on 01/02/2017.
Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and basant panchami is celebrated as goddess Saraswati’s birthday.
In eastern parts of India especially in Bihar, Saraswati puja is celebrated with great pomp and show. Pandals are set up and statues of saraswati maa is placed and worshiped.
Chath puja is another festival celebrate with with great dedication in Bihar. Here is a madhubani painting depicting Sun God worshiping on Chath puja.
My memories of Saraswati puja
I have fond childhood memories of saraswati puja. I remember we used to had school holidays on basant panchami and we would get ready early in morning.
As kids, we used to get new sets of yellow color garments specially to be worn for saraswati puja.
Significance of yellow color on Basant Panchami
Basant panchami embarks arrival of spring. At this time of the year, yellow mustard flowers are in full bloom and nature has hue of yellow around it. I also remember special sweet saffron rice and yellow lentil curry was made for lunch on basant panchami.
We used to clean our ink pens and keep our books and stationery in front of maa saraswati and perform puja. As we were supposed to abstain from reading and writing on this day. This day was spent in total fun sans any studies. 🙂
About this Goddess Saraswati madhubani painting:
Madhubani painting is folk art of Bihar and you can read more about this art here. In this Madhubani painting I have shown maa saraswati siting on swan holding her musical instrument veena. Goddess Saraswati is also known as veena vadini.
Goddess Saraswati’s favorite color is white. Traditionally, goddess of wisdom and enlightenment is dressed in white clothes sitting on white lotus with white swan on her side.
However, Madhubani painting being all about bright colors, I have dressed saraswatiji in yellow attire with pink lotus flowers.
According to vedas, each god has an animal or bird associated with them. Like ganesha has mouse and Krishna has peacock associated with them. In this basant panchmi Madhubani painting, I have kept Swan (maa Saraswati’s vehical) in white color with intricate colorful detailing.
I sincerely wish Goddess Saraswati grant all of us intellect and wisdom to differentiate between good and evil.
Happy Basant Panchami to all!
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