As per as Hindu Lunar Calendar, SaraswatiSaraswati
The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words... Puja or Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of Magh Shukla. This year it will be celebrated on 12th February 2016. This day is also known by the name Vasant or Shree Panchami.
Vasant Panchami Puja Muhurta = 09:16 to 12:35 (3 Hours 18 Mins)
Panchami Tithi Begins = 09:16 on 12/February/2016
Panchami Tithi Ends = 06:39 on 13/February/2016
Significance of the day - Birthday of Goddess Saraswati
It is believed that Basant Panchami is celebrated of birth of the Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning and the wealth of knowledge.
In Hindu mythology, Goddess Saraswati is depicted as the deity with the four hands and holding a plucked stringed instrument called Veena (a musical instrument) in her two hands and seated on a white lotus with four hands (four aspects: mind, intellect, alertness, and ego) and wearing a pure silk white Sari. A type of an Indian dress
It is believed that Mata Saraswati was born on this day. Students worship the goddess and prayer such as, "Oh Mother Saraswati remove the darkness (ignorance) of my mind and bless me with the eternal knowledge."
In eastern parts of India, generally in West Bengal, it is celebrated as Saraswati Puja. States of Punjab and Bihar, celebrate it as a kites festival.
Saraswati Pranam Mantra: Sanskrit Prayer
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||
On this day, Yellow is the dominant color of this festival as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops. In North India, mustard fields bloom during this spring season giving a yellow coat to nature. People's wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers to Goddess Saraswati and put a yellow turmeric tilak on their forehead. They visit nearer temples and offer prayers to various gods. People purchased new clothes for this Basant festival and many delicious dishes prepared for this particular special occasion.