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    Vasant Panchami 1st February 2017


    Category: Religious | Posted :Monday, January 23, 2017

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    Vasant Panchami 1st February 2017

     

    Vasant Panchami, 1st February 2017

     

     
    Vasant Panchami (also known as Shri Panchami and Basant Panchami) marks its presence on the Hindu calendar on the fifth day of Shukla Paskha in the month of Magh. It is a religious festival mainly celebrated in temples. A festival, 40 days before HOLI is celebrated as Festival of Harvest, Festival of Kites, Sufi Basant, and as SaraswatiSaraswatiSaraswati
    The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words...
    Pooja.
    This year people will be celebrating Vasant Panchami on 1st February 2017. This festival is celebrated in many ways by people in different regions of India.
     
    As the name suggests, Vasant (Spring) Panchmi (5th day), it also suggests the arrival of one of the most joyous seasons: SPRING. With the arrival of spring, it becomes the best time to Harvest the crops; thus celebrated as Festival of Harvest in many States of India such as Bengal, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Bihar, and Gujarat. 
     
    Basant (spring) represents the arrival of new beginnings after months of cold winter. The arrival of a new season brings with it the arrival and renewal of life in Harvest and Mother Earth itself. With bringing change, the season brings happiness and joy of the new thus being celebrated with Yellow Mustard Charm, song, flowers and dance.
     
    Basant Panchmi also embarks as Saraswati Puja in many regions, celebrating the pious, soothing voice and the epitome of knowledge of Ma Saraswati. As told by legends through time: Lord Brahma, the creator, was fulfilled with his creation of the world but for curiosity, he wanted to witness the world with his own eyes. Alas! Seeing the world, he was deeply disappointed and shattered only seeing his creation being lost in the silence and had no joy. To bring happiness forth to Earth, Lord BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    took some water in his Kamandal and spread it in the air, only to find an appearance of an Angel with Harp
    . Seeing the angel, Brahma asked the angel to play a song in order to make the silence into a happy rhythm on Earth.  Filling the planet with music and knowledge, the angel Veena Vadini, is believed to be our Goddess Saraswati.  Thus Saraswati Ji prayed to throughout the world on this day.
     
    Vasant Panchmi has also been associated with people praying to Lord Shiva in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh with the offerings of King of fruits, Mango, and ear of Wheat.
     
    It is not only celebrated in Hindu religion but also celebrated in Sikhism It is a monotheistic religion that came into existence in 15th Century. It originated in South Asia. According to this religion, there is only one God. The people who follow this religion believe in harmony, unity, selfless service, honest existence, social justice and equality. There were ten Gurus who taught people a happy and spiritual way of living. After the death of Guru Gobind Singh, the people gave the book, ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, the status of their impersonal God. by singing Basant Raag, having feast and marking Guru Gobind Singh ji’s marriage with a Mela (fair) held in Guru -ka –Lahore in Bilaspur District. Muslim people also celebrate Basant Panchmi as Sufi-Basant; as the legend holds it was celebrated by famous poet, Amir Khusro in order to uplift the mood of Saint Nizamuddin Aulia on the demise of his young Nephew. Amir Khusro upon seeing the girls celebrating the festival with flowers and clad in yellow dresses had the idea and since then it is been celebrate in Dargarhs of Chisti Order and dargah of Nizzamudin Aulia in Delhi. 
     
    Though Basant Panchmi is not an official holiday but Government is trying to spread the awareness of this festival by celebrating the festival in many regions in many forms with many beliefs.  

     



     

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