Vasant Panchami - The beginning of auspicious period
Vasant Panchami marks the onset of the spring season on the fifth day of the waning phase of the moon in the Hindu month (Magha) that falls in the month (February – March).
Vasant Panchami is dedicated to Saraswati. She is depicted as the deity with the four hands and holding a plucked stringed instrument called Veena in her two hands and seated on a white lotus with four hands and wearing a pure silk white Sari A type of an Indian dressalong with a peacock, that signifies that wisdom suppresses ego. Four hands of the deity symbolize the different sides of human personality in learning. SaraswatiSaraswati
The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words... is considered as the deity of spiritual knowledge, science, arts and music.
Vasant Panchami is considered as an auspicious occasion for students to start their studies, marking the new beginning of their learning period. Schools and colleges organize special prayers to worship Saraswati. Many students place their books at the Saraswati feet and seek her blessing for better learning.
Vasant Panchami is also called the festival of harvest as it symbolizes blossoming flowers of mustard. Thus Yellow color has a great significance in the celebration of Vasant Panchami. Many followers of Saraswati adorn the idol of goddess with yellow sari. Sarawati’s devotees wear yellow attires on this day. Moreover the sweets and dishes prepared for the festival are usually yellow and saffron in color.
Many people offer food to Hindu priest and perform the traditional ritual of ancestral worshipping known as the Tarpan for the peace for all those who had passed away and seek their blessings for their future endeavors.
In many parts of the India, people set up a grand canopy to welcome the goddess and worship her. In West Bengal devotees carry out processions in which idols of Saraswati are carried to be immersed in the holy water of river GangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of..... Many places this day is celebrated by flying colorful kites especially Firozpur. Thus the Vasant Panchami is also called as the Kite Festival.
The festival is also celebrated in Nepal with great pomp and show. All the temples of Saraswati are decorated with yellow flowers, one day prior to the festival to welcome the goddess for the special meal on Vasant Panchami.