Saraswati Pradhan Puja - Second Day in SaraswatiSaraswati
The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words... Puja
The last three days of Navratri are often dedicated in the rites of praying to the Goddess of knowledge, art and music, Saraswati. This three day ceremony consists of evoking the Goddess and performing praying rituals. The second day in these ceremonies is known as Saraswati Pradhan puja. The day is observed on the eighth day during the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Ashwin (September-October), according to the Hindu calendar. Saraswati Pradhan puja takes place right after the day dedicated to Saraswati Avahan.
The day is mainly celebrated in the western and southern parts of India. People in Kerala, keep all their sacred puja books in the worshipping arena and worship them as books symbolize the presence of Saraswati whereas people in Maharashtra follow a strict regime of cleaning the worshipping arena every day for the last three days of Navratri, washing the feet of Saraswati’s idol, chanting mantras and finally submerging the idol in water. People of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh also celebrate the festival with utmost religious commitment.
After one has performed all the rituals of Saraswati Avahan, people bring in holy books like Ramayana in the worshipping arena and are placed with other tools (pen, pencil, eraser etc.,) of knowledge. Flowers and fruits, along with turmeric, sandalwood paste and unbroken rice grains are offered to the Goddess. Earthen lamps can also be lighted. Flowers are placed on the books as well. Devotees chant mantras and recite hymns and couplets from the sacred books. Aarti It is a Hindu religious ritual of worshipis performed accompanied by some family members ringing bells. Some may prefer to perform the rituals in both the morning and evening.
People may opt for feeding Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scripturesand donate stationery to poor kids. Teachers and pandits are also thanked and showed gratitude for imparting knowledge of physical and spiritual world respectively.
Cleanliness is the key for such rituals. One must keep all the things, especially books arranged in the house.
The following mantras can be chanted during the customs.
‘Om Aim Hreem Shreem Vagdevi Saraswatyai Namah’.
‘Om Arham Mukha KamalaKamala
Kamala, also popularly known as Kamalatmika, is the one of the Hindu goddesses of wisdom and is regarded as the tenth among the DashaMahavidyas Vasini Papatma Kshayamkari, Vad Vad Vagvadini Saraswati Aim Hreem Namah Svaha’.
‘Om Aim Vagadevyai Vidmahe Kamarajaya Dhimahi, Tanno Devi Prachodayat’.
Saraswati induces the gift of learning and wisdom in her devotees. They gain intelligence, contentment and fortune. Students who perform the above mentioned rituals are able to attain a strong mind, a good memory and ultimately a noble result in their exams. They are also imbibed with rightful thinking and moral values.
True devotees are blessed to be able to control negative tendencies and gain virtues, mental purity and spiritual knowledge. A household where the Saraswati Puja takes place becomes an abode of positivity and prosperity. No evil or harm can come to the family members who express utmost devotion to the mother Goddess.