Vasant Panchami is also known by other names in different parts of the country. It is observed as ‘Sufi Basant’ in Sufi shrines, in Punjab and other adjoining regions it is celebrated as ‘Basant Festival of Kites’, in Gurudwara it is observed as ‘Sikh Festival’, in the state of Bihar, it is celebrated as ‘Harvest Festival’ and the birth anniversary of ‘Deo-Sun God’. In these regions, Vasant Panchami is celebrated with different rituals and traditions; however, the essence of celebrations remains the same everywhere. Saraswati Puja forms a major requirement of Vasant Panchami and is done with a great pomp and show.
Vasant Panchami always marks the onset of spring and in 2018 it would be celebrated on 22nd January.
Vasant Panchami Puja Muhurta = 07:17 to 12:32
Duration = 5 Hours 15 Mins
Panchami Tithi Begins = 15:33 on 21/Jan/2018
Panchami Tithi Ends = 16:24 on 22/Jan/2018
Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the eve of the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. It has many stories related to its celebration. It is believed that on this day Goddess Saraswati was born. The story of Saraswati puja is related to ‘Brahma Vaivarta Purana’ and ‘Matsya Purana’. You can read the stories in detail here: How Saraswati Evolved From Lord Brahma’s Mouth
To know this interesting mythological story in detail you can refer the article. “Brahma’sHead Chopped Off – Who Is The Girl Behind?“
Significance and importance
Vasant Panchami is one of the most widely celebrated festivals among the Hindus and holds major significance in West Bengal where they worship Goddess Saraswati on this day. This festival terminates the old winter waves and welcomes the vibrancy of the spring season. The most significant aspect of Vasant Panchami is that it is an extremely auspicious day to begin laying one’s foundations of education of how to read and write. Pre-school children are given their first lesson in reading and writing on this day, and all Hindu educational institutions conduct special prayer for Saraswati on this day.
It is believed that Vasant Panchami Muhurat is extremely auspicious to start any work, do any ritual or take any major decision. Astrologers term this day as ‘Abhuja’ implying that it is auspicious for doing any good work all day long. If you go to the eastern parts of India, you will find that people consider performing many marriages, thread ceremony, yagnyas, house inauguration and much more.
Saraswati Puja Vidhi and Rituals
Saraswati puja forms the major part of Vasant Panchami and is to be marked if you need surplus knowledge and happiness in your house. The process followed to worship Goddess Saraswati is mentioned here: Saraswati Puja Procedure
Saraswati Puja Mantra
Mantras are the best way to relax your soul and make yourself connect with Gods and Goddesses. Here is the mantra to be chanted while performing Saraswati Puja.
Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||