The day for the Goddess of Knowledge and Art is here! It’s Goddess Saraswati’s Birthday which is known as Vasant Panchami (Basant Panchami). This festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. On 2017 this festival falls on 1st of February marking the beginning of spring. Vasant means ‘Spring’ and Panchami means the ‘5th day’.
Vasant Panchami Puja Muhurta = 06:19 to 11:50
Duration = 5 Hours 30 Mins
Panchami Tithi Begins = 03:41 on 1/Feb/2017
Panchami Tithi Ends = 02:20 on 2/Feb/2017
Birthday Of Goddess Saraswati
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’.
Saraswati plays the veena, the symbol of divine music, holding 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.
Most widely accepted mythology: 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 our article . “Brahma’s Head Chopped Off – Who Is The Girl Behind?“
Western India region people believe: She is believed to be the daughter of Lord Surya and hence is known as ‘Surya Kanya’. She is also said to be married to Kartikeya and is related with lions and peacocks.
Eastern India region people believe: She is said to be the daughter of Goddess Parvati. People say that she was one of the three wives of Lord Vishnu – Saraswati, Ganga, and Lakshmi.
Start Of 40 Days Before Holi
It is believed that this is the day when Goddess Rati went into severe penance for a duration of 40 days after Lord Shiva turned her husband Kamadeva into ashes. Her penance brought colors later and hence her husband was revived.
Celebration Of Start Of Spring
The start of spring is felt in the air on this day, especially in the North where the advent of chilly winters is suddenly taken over by the spring. The new leaves and blossoms appear in the trees visible.
Celebration Of Harvest
People belonging to the Uttarakhand region worship the mother earth and crops as well along with Goddess Saraswati. People worship by placing cow dung heaps in the fields, and keep ears of barley and wheat on the heaps. Earthen lamps and incense are lit on the heap to signify worship to the mother god and the crops or agriculture. Ears of corn and barley are also tied to doors and windows of buildings. People eat sweet rice and wear yellow.
Festival Of Kites
In the region of Punjab people celebrate the flying of kites on a large scale in this day. You will see the sky looking beautiful with different colors of kites. Tourism is also attracted on this day from elsewhere.