Happy Vasant Panchami, here is all you need to know about worshipping Goddess Saraswati
We all feel proud and lucky to be an Indian because it is the land of festivals. And festivals means time to enjoy and have fun. There are hundreds of festivals that we people of different religion and culture celebrate together. Vasant Panchami will be celebrated on February 1st this year. The festival will be celebrated along with the Saraswati Puja. It is believed that Vasant Panchami marks the birthday of Goddess Saraswati.
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This day is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. She blesses the world with knowledge, wisdom, and sound & music. So, Saraswati Puja is done on this day. During Saraswati Puja, various rituals are followed. Apart from this, the day also indicates the start of spring season. It is the time when the mustard fields bloom with beautiful yellow flowers. Therefore, yellow is the theme color for Vasant Panchami.
Saraswati Puja and its Significance
Performing Saraswati Puja on this day has been a tradition since old ages. Vasant Panchami is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Saraswati because she appeared on the day of Vasant Panchami. Hence, Saraswati Puja also withholds immense importance on this day. Goddess Saraswati is considered as the energy of Lord Brahma, who is believed to be the creator of universe.
Historic story behind the creation of World
As per Hindu Scripture, Universe was created by Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma created universe, but he was upset, as all his creation was quiet and still like a dead body. There was no sound and music in the universe. In short there was no life in the universe. Lord Brahma became sad after seeing all that. Brahma went to Lord Vishnu and told him about his feelings after creating the universe.
Lord Vishnu suggested Brahma that Goddess Saraswati will help him and will solve the problems. So, Lord Brahma evoked Goddess Saraswati. When she emerged, then on request of Brahma, she gave life to Brahmas creation by her Veena (Lute). When she started playing Veena, the first letter that came out was ‘Sa’.
This alphabet is the first one among the seven musical notes (seven Swara). Like this the soundless universe got sound. Lord Brahma became happy with this and he named Saraswati as Vageshwari. She holds Veena in her hand and hence, she is also called ‘Veenapani.
How to perform Saraswati Puja?
This is the reason why Saraswati Puja is done on Vasant Panchami. To perform the Saraswati Puja, a stoup (Kalash) is enshrined. The rituals start with worshiping Lord Ganesha. Later, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva too are worshiped. After worshiping them, people worship Goddess Saraswati. She is bathed and adorned in white clothes. Vermillion and garlands are offered to her before starting Saraswati Puja. Gulaal (red color powder) is offered in her feet. While performing Saraswati Puja, yellow flowers and seasonal fruits are offered as Prasad.
As we celebrate Vasant Panchami it signifies end of winters and welcoming the fun filled season of spring. People express their happiness in various ways. One of the ways to express it is by flying kites and welcoming Vasant Panchami. There are various regions in India that have kite flying competitions. A person who cuts the maximum number of kites in this competition is declared as the winner.