Goddess Saraswati is known as the symbol of education, art, culture and music. She is known to be the archive of knowledge. Human beings are bestowed with speech, wisdom and learning by her. Vasant Panchami, also called Basant Panchami in India is celebrated as the festival of Goddess Saraswati. Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha (January-February). It is also considered as the first day of spring. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Vasant Panchami. As per Hindu scriptures, Basant Panchami is believed to be the birthday day of Goddess Saraswati. Part of the trinity of the Goddesses in Hinduism i.e. Laxmi, Parvati and Saraswati; Goddess Saraswati is also addressed as Goddess Savitri or Goddess Gayatri. It’s considered extremely sacred and godly to perform Saraswati Puja on the day of Vasant Panchami.
Performing Saraswati Puja helps one invoke blessings of the Goddess. As she represents the accord of intelligence, art, music, fortune and power; by praying to her one can invoke all these in one’s life. Saraswati Puja performed during Navratri holds a special significance. Knowledge seekers across the country believe that worshiping the Goddess of wisdom; will help them gain a lot of talents and eternal understanding.
Saraswati puja is held with devotion and dedication and the atmosphere is rather discreet. Simplicity and poise are important aspects of the Saraswati Puja. The color yellow is quite significant on this day and is given due importance as well.
One can associate with her through the hymn “Om Aim Saraswatyai Swaha” – to excel in arts, dance and music.
The four hands of Goddess Saraswati represent the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. Dressed in an elegant white sari Devi Saraswati is generally depicted playing her Veena while sitting on a white bloomed lotus. The white color embodies pureness and her renunciation of all that is covetous. She holds a book in her hand that signifies her excellence of the Hindu Vedas and her everlasting knowledge. The White-colored lotus depicts complete reality. While the swan characterizes the fine-tuning between eternal and transitory; the peacock demonstrates egotism over its elegance and Goddess Saraswati considers it materialistic. Therefore, she chooses the swan over the peacock as her vehicle.
Goddess Saraswati is worshipped mostly on the following days since they are the major occasions to perform Saraswati Puja:
This is a generalized Saraswati Puja vidhi or Saraswati Puja procedure and it usually varies as per location and community or language of the Yajmaan. We recommend you connect with our team as they will arrange the best Pandit and Samagri for your Saraswati Puja process i.e. vidhi.
The Muhurat for Saraswati Puja is usually followed on the below mentioned days. However, since these days are among the Abhuja Days, it’s considered to be auspicious to perform Saraswati Puja at any time in the day. Chogadiyas do tend to play an important role herein and it’s recommended to perform the Saraswati Puja in amrit, shubh, labh & char Chogadiya as they’re the auspicious ones.
Few Muhurat for Saraswati Puja in 2016 are as suggested below. One should consult a Pandit before fixing on the date and time for Saraswati Puja.
Date: 12th February 2016, Vasant Panchami
Muhurat: 09:16 to 12:35
Date: 7th October 2016, Navratri - Saraswati Aavhan
Muhurat: 15:37 to 17:56
Date: 9th October 2016, Navratri - Saraswati Puja
Muhurat: 06:22 to 12:07
Date: 10th October 2016, Navratri – Saraswati Balidan
Muhurat: 06:22 to 07:07
Date: 30th October 2016, Diwali Sharda Pujan
Morning Muhurat (Char, Labh, Amrit) = 07:58 - 12:05
Afternoon Muhurat (Shubh) = 13:27 - 14:49
Evening Muhurat (Shubh, Amrit, Char) = 17:33 - 22:27
By Enchanting the Saraswati shlokas given below, one can connect with the deity and it’s recommended to chant Saraswati mantras during the Puja to appease the Goddess:
|| Ya Kundendu-Tushara-Hara-Dhavala, Ya Shubhra-Vastravrita, Ya Vina-Vara-Danda-Mandita-Kara, Ya Shveta-Padmasana || || Ya Brahmachyuta-Shankara-Prabhritibhirdevaih Sada Vandita, Sa Mam Patu Saraswati Bhagawati Nihshesha-Jadyapaha ||
||Ya Devi Stuyate Nityam Vibhuhairvedaparagaih Same Vasatu Jihvagre Brahmarupa Saraswati||
||Om Aim Hreem Shreem Vagdevyai sarasvatyai Namah||
||Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Vidyarupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah||
||Sarasvathi Namastubhyam, Varade Kaamaroopini Vidyaarambham Karishyaami, Siddhir Bhavatu Mey Sada||
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