Sharda Puja – Worshipping the Goddess of all Arts and Wisdom
According to Hindu mythology, SaraswatiSaraswati
The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words... is regarded as the goddess of learning, wisdom and knowledge of all spheres of arts. Sharda Puja is the worshipping of goddess Saraswati and is performed on the new moon day of the Kartik month (October to November) according to the Hindu calendar, coinciding with the Diwali festival. Hence, it is believed that on this day worshipping Saraswati pleases the goddess and her devotees are blessed with wisdom, and knowledge and learning of all forms of arts like music, dance, literature etc. It is also considered as the last day of the Hindu year. Saraswati is considered to bless her devotees with mastery over oneself.
Sharda Puja is performed by lighting lamps made of clay and decorating the house with bright lights. It is performed by everyone but is generally commenced by the eldest member of the family. People, especially students and businessmen, offer prayers to their books be it savings, accounts, school or college books. People also make Rangolis which are supposed to please and welcome the deities to their homes. After performing Sharda Puja, everyone goes outside of their homes and light crackers and fireworks with great zeal and passion.
It is a worldwide belief that wealth and power without knowledge and wisdom is very short lived. One needs to have a proper and balanced blend of all the aforementioned entities in order to be a true master. The three main deities that are worshipped on the day of Diwali, coinciding with Sharda Puja, are LakshmiLakshmi
Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth..., GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ... and Saraswati. Worshipping the three deities is supposed to bring the ultimate happiness and prosperity in one’s life. Saraswati is regarded as the most important deities or students as it is believed that she is the one who grants knowledge to those who seek to learn. Therefore, students offer special prayers to the goddess to please her and to be successful in their life as well as academics. Moreover, the day holds significance for all businessmen as they perform special rituals for their savings and accounts books and worship Saraswati for a better and successful financial year ahead. As it is the last day according to the Hindu calendar, people forget and resolve their past conflicts and start afresh with other people to bring about peace and harmony among the masses.