Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the eve of the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. It has many mythological 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’.
Popular folklore that’s associated with the festival is that of the legendary poet Kalidasa. As per the story, Kalidasa was a simpleton and was tricked into marrying a princess who didn’t respect him. A dejected Kalidasa tried to take his life but just before he could commit suicide, the goddess Saraswati appeared in front of him and asked him to take a dip in the river. The man did as he was told, and emerged from the water an intelligent, knowledgeable and cultured person, who would eventually become a renowned poet. This is why on this day, the goddess is worshipped so that she may bestow the gift of knowledge to her devotees.
Saraswati plays the veena, the symbol of divine music, holds the book of inner knowledge and the mala as the power of mantra. She has a charming human form, diversely portrayed in painting and sculpture throughout the centuries. She rides the swan of elegant movements or the peacock.
There are numerous stories which people believe depending on their region.
Saraswati evolved from the mouth of Lord Brahma on this particular day. So much so was her beauty and elegance that Brahma himself fell for her. To know this interesting mythological story in detail you can refer to the article. “Brahma’sHead Chopped Off – Who Is The Girl Behind?“
Yet another legend elucidates the observation
of this festival since the Aryan era. It is believed that the Aryans traveled
through Khyber Pass and crossed the Saraswati River to reach India. When they
settled in, the Saraswati River became an important source of life for them, so
the celebration became a routine.
In the region of Punjab people celebrates the flying of kites on a large scale on this day. You will see the sky looking beautiful with different colors of kites. Tourism is also attracted to this day from elsewhere.