Vasant panchami

Vasant panchami
1. Vasant Panchami sometimes referred to as Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha marking the start of spring and the Holi season. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.For Sikhs, in the Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, on the day of Vasant Panchmi, musicians start the music by singing Basant Raga. This practice continues up until the first day of Vaisakh when Basant Rag is no longer used.A fair normally held at the famous Sikh shrine of Guru ka Lahore in Bilaspur district to mark the occasion of the marriage of Guru Gobind Singh Ji on Vasant Panchami. .....
Occurrence
2. Vasant Panchami is the first and more minor of two spring themed festivals in Hindu culture. Vasant Panchami initiates the spring festive cycle and heralds its summation that occurs with Holi.The seasonal aspects of the festival are more significant in Northern India due to the sharper contrast between the winter and the spring,however the festivals religious and cultural significance are emphasized across all celebrating regions. In ancient Indian literature, Vasant Panchami is associated with Shringara Rasam and the festival was celebrated in this tradition.Celebrations today still honor Kamadeva, his wife Rati, and his friend Vasant. .....
Traditions
3. During the ancient period when Vasant Panchami was more oriented toward Kamadeva, dancing girls, dhol players, and other celebrants would come to the royal Bakshis palace to create an informal durbar with the royals. Specially made Vasanti clothes would be worn by the dancing girls and younger royal ladies, consisting of a skirt, blouse, and pink or saffron sari with tiny red square or circular dots. This clothing would be further embellished with gold and silver borders and brocade work. On the celebration day the dancing girls would collect flowers and mango leaves a reference to one of the love arrows of Kama Dev from the garden of the Bakshis palace. The flowers and mangoes were arranged in brass vessels and the informal durbar would be set up. The occasion was marked by the singing of various ragas usually on the theme of love especially songs involving Krishna and Radha or the gopies of Brij Bhoomi. At the conclusion of the celebration, the flowers would be sprinkled with red gulal and the dancing girls would apply it to their cheeks. They were then gifted a sum of money by the royal ladies.Today this is not practiced, and the festival is oriented toward Sarasvati, however Kamadeva remains an important figure as feasts are held in his honor during Vasant Panchami,and the theme of love remains an important part of the festival with this being the most popular day of the year for weddings in some areas. .....
Celebrations
4. Vasant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated on the fifth day of Magh, the day falls somewhere in the months of February or March according to the Gregorian calendar. The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of spring season.

According to the popular belief, the origins of this festival lie in Aryan period. Aryans came and settled in India through Khyber Pass, crossing the Saraswati River among many others. Being a primitive civilization, most of their development took place along the banks of the River Saraswati. Thus, River Saraswati began to be associated with fertility and knowledge. It is then that the day began to be celebrated.

According to mythology, a popular associated with this day is connected with poet Kalidasa. After he was married off to a beautiful princess through trickery, the princess kicked him out of her bed as she learned that he was foolish. Following this, Kalidasa went to commit suicide, upon which Saraswati emerged from the waters and asked him to take a dip there. After taking a dip in the holy waters, Kalidasa became knowledgeable and began writing poetry. Thus, Vasant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of education and learning. In todays times, the festival is celebrated by farmers as the on coming of the spring season. The day is largely celebrated in Northern Parts of India. Here, people offer food to the Brahmins and organize rituals in the name of Goddess Saraswati.

The color yellow is the predominant color associated with the festival, the origins of which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period. Kite flying is also commonly associated with this festival. Children as well as adults fly kites on this day to celebrate freedom and enjoyment.

Another tradition associated with this day is that of initiating studies in the young. Young children often begin learning on this day, which is believed to be the reason why the school sessions start in the month of March. Sweets with a yellow hue are also distributed on this day and people can also be seen donating books and other literary material to the poor. .....

Significance
5. The festival of Basant Panchami is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. According to the Hindu mythology, the goddess symbolizes constant flow of knowledge and wisdom. Vasant Panchami is also believed as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. The spring festival of Basant Panchami is especially celebrated in the institutions of learning. As Saraswati is the goddess of learning, Students observe the blessings from Maa Saraswati. Spring is the season when crops are fully bloomed, so people also celebrate this occasion by flying kites. .....
Birthday of Goddess Saraswati
6. It is believed that on this day goddess Saraswati was born. Hindus celebrate Vasant Panchami with great fervor in temples, homes and even schools and colleges. Saraswati .....
The Foundation of Education
7. The most significant aspect of Vasant Panchami is that it is also the most auspicious day to begin laying one .....
A springtime celebration
8. During Vasant Panchami, the advent of spring is felt in the air as the season undergoes change. New leaves and blossoms appear in the trees with the promise of new life and hope. Vasant Panchami also announces the arrival of another big springtime event in the Hindu calendar Holi, the festival of colors. .....
Saraswati mantra
9. Here is the text of the popular pranam mantra or Sanskrit prayer, Saraswati devotees utter with utmost devotion on this day:
Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey || .....
Saraswati vandana
10. The following hymn is also recited on Vasant Panchami:
Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha|
Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, Yaa shwetha padmaasana||
Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha|
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa|| .....
Goddess of knowledge
11. Basant Panchami a festival celebrated in honour of Maa Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksh or bright half of the month Magh , the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words; brahmins are fed; ancestor worship, shrad, is performed; the god of love Kam dev is alsoworshipped; and most schools organise special prayer for Saraswati. The color yellow also plays a vital role in this festival, in that people usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families.

Also known as Saraswati Puja, this festival is celebrated in Nepal, India and Bangladesh to invoke wisdom and consciousness in human beings. Apart from wisdom, Saraswati is also the deity for fine and performing arts. In West Bengal saraswati puja is celebrated in Hindu households and also in schools and colleges. Bengali men are usually dressed in traditional dhoti kurtas. Women are dressed in yellow saries. With Her grace, the mute were able to speak and people have been blessed with the ability to compose literature. Most new people in the arts or music industry choose to begin their careers on this day. Devi Saraswati also showers Her blessings for students.Notebooks, pencils and pens are kept at the Devis feet for blessings and then used by the students. A noticeboard asks the students to write their names, address and the roll number on a piece of paper and put it in the havan kund that was used for pooja after praying for success. It is believed that they are blessed with good and positive results. .....

Rituals
12. There are various rituals that are followed in the worshipping of goddess Saraswati. The ones common to all those worshipping Saraswati are that the idol of the goddess is clothed in white, the other predominant colour in the celebrations is yellow, to indicate the onset of spring and the blossoming of mustard flowers. Families dressed in bright yellow gather together before the idol of Saraswati and pray for the blessing of knowledge. Flowers, fruits, sweets are offered to the goddess. The students place their books before the deity and do not do any reading or writing that day. An elaborate puja, with sandalwood, ghee, joss sticks, and incense is done to the sound of shlokas, conch shells, and drums. On this day, people eat Satwik food and initiate children into the world of the written word. Traditionally, priests make children write the word Om. .....
Celebration in Different States
13. Vasant Panchni also known as Saraswati Puja is known as Basant Panchmi in Punjab. People in north India fly kites to celebrate the day. The sky can be seen full of colourful kites flying all over the blue space.

In Orissa, Bhuvaneshwar gears itself for celebration of Vasant Panchami. The festival is rejoiced with great fervor in cities like Cuttack, Bhuvaneshwar, Rourkela and Berhampur.

West Bengal is not lagging behind when it comes to the celebration of Saraswati Puja. Throughout the state, the festival is performed in schools, colleges and communities. In all educational institutions, especially in music, arts and crafts institutions, Saraswati Puja is observed with devotion and reverence.

In Assam, the Saraswati Puja festival if celebrated with great enthusiasm in most of the educational institutes and many community clubs run by the youngsters. .....

How to celebrate basant panchami
14. Vasant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Vasant Panchami, also known as Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha Vasant Panchami day is dedicated to Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology. Goddess Saraswati is worshiped on Vasant Panchami day. Vasant Panchami is also known as Shri Panchami and Saraswati Panchami The spring festival of Basant Panchami is especially celebrated in the institutions of learning. As Saraswati is the goddess of learning, Students observe the blessings from Maa Saraswati. Spring is the season when crops are fully bloomed, so people also celebrate this occasion by flying kites. .....
Maa saraswati
15. Maa Saraswati is strongly worshiped as the goddess of knowledge & purity. She is depicted as a beautiful woman with four arms, and is usually shown wearing a spotless white sari and seated on a white lotus. She rides a white swan. She is the mother of the Vedas. .....
Students worship
16. elebrated Basant Panchami with the worship of goddess Saraswati here on Friday. Students thronged the city temples for paying obeisance while sweet yellow coloured dishes were cooked to mark the festival. The festival was also celebrated in schools. Thousands of devotees visited Bada Gopal Mandir, Chhatri Chowk. Idols of Lord Krishna and Radha, Balram were beautifully decorated in yellow robes. Dresses were made in Mathura and especially ordered for the festival. According to temple priest Arpit Joshi, worshipping was performed amid hails to Lord Krishna. Goddess Saraswati was also worshipped. Discourses were recited and prasad distributed to devotees in evening. 40 day long festival of Vaishnav community also began on Basant Panchami. .....
Celebration in school
17. The children of the pre primary wing came dresses in yellow clothes, offered yellow colored flowers to the Goddess and also brought yellow colored food in their tiffins. The dress code of the teachers on that day was also yellow.

assembled together to pray and attain blessings from Goddess Saraswati to reach the epitome of knowledge. The pooja started with a beautiful Saraswati vandana and after that Prasad was distributed among the children. The children enjoyed the day, enlightened by the blessings of Maa Saraswati. .....

Yellow sweet
18. Boondi ke laddoo: Moulded sweet made from small dumplings of gram flour, fried and dipped in sugar syrup and garnished with nuts.
Besan ke laddoo: A moulded sweet made from roasted gram flour and powdered sugar.
Nariyal ki burfi: A rich coconut fudge flavoured with saffron. .....
Symbolism and iconography
19. The goddess Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus, which symbolizes light, knowledge and truth. She not only embodies knowledge but also the experience of the highest reality. Her iconography is typically in white themes from dress to flowers to swan the colour symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity, discrimination for true knowledge, insight and wisdom.

She is generally shown to have four arms, but sometimes just two. When shown with four hands, those hands symbolically mirror her husband Brahmas four heads, representing manas mind, sense, buddhi intellect, reasoning, citta imagination, creativity and ahamkar self consciousness, ego.Brahma represents the abstract, she action and reality.

The four hands hold items with symbolic meaning a pustaka book or script, a mala rosary, garland, a water pot and a musical instrument lute or vina.The book she holds symbolizes the Vedas representing the universal, divine, eternal, and true knowledge as well as all forms of learning. A m?l? of crystals, representing the power of meditation, inner reflection and spirituality. A pot of water represents powers to purify the right from wrong, the clean from unclean, and the essence from the misleading. In some texts, the pot of water is symbolism for soma the drink that liberates and leads to knowledge.The musical instrument, typically a veena, represents all creative arts and sciences,and her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony.Saraswati is also associated with anur?ga, the love for and rhythm of music, which represents all emotions and feelings expressed in speech or music. .....

Goddess for Arts and Crafts
20. This festival is held in the month of Magh January February. It is a festival celebrated by the youth, particularly students who invoke the blessings of the goddess for success in learning, arts and crafts. More than any other state, Saraswati Puja is celebrated in West Bengal in a splendid manner. Next to West Bengal it is celebrated in southern states of India such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh etc. in schools, colleges and homes. Saraswati Pooja is celebrated as Basant Punjami OR Vasanat Punjami in many states of India. .....
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Stress Management Tips
Exercise regularly. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Nothing beats aerobic exercise for releasing pent up stress and tension. .....
Start a Hobby
Investigate religion. Whether its so you know more about a religion you do not follow, or to know more about the one you do. And if you are not interested at all the more knowledge you have the better. .....
Smallest Things in the World
Smallest Thing Visible to the Naked Eye. The smallest objects visible to the unaided human eye are roughly .1mm long. This means that under the right conditions you would be able to see an ameoba proteus, a paramecium, and even a human egg. .....
Fall Crafts for Kids
Fall Hand Print Wreath. Grab some cute little hands to make this charming Fall Hand Print Wreath. .....
Benefits of Mushroom
Prevents Hair Loss. Anaemia is one of the most common causes of hair loss. Anaemia is caused due to thedeficiency of ironin the blood. Mushrooms are a good source of iron, can combat hair loss. Iron is a vital mineral as it is involved in the formation of red blood cell .....
Superheroes That Actually Exist
Wheel Clamp Man. Wheel Clamp Man is an Australian real life superhero who operates in the city of Perth. He travels the city removing clamps from drivers wheels and wears a disguise consisting of a fake mustache (which makes him look like a cross between Freddie M .....
Benefits of Ginger
Relieve headache. Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache. The ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from .....
Most Beautiful Flowers In The World
Daisies. Daisies are believed to be around 4000 years old and Egyptian ceramics decorated with daisies have also been excavated. The specialty of this flower is that it has no negative meanings attached to it. Daisies are completely positive in nature and are .....
Designs For Bathroom
Multi Hued Bathroom. Creating an idyllic bath for a Long Island home, designer DD Allen choose a blue palette but did not limit herself to one shade.The custom watery blue of the polished Venetian plaster walls picks up the blue in the floor tiles.Waterworks Classic Unde .....
Healthy Shoulder
Practice Handstand Holds. This is very similar to the concept of holding the barbell overhead only in this case you are holding your own bodyweight which increases neuromuscular activation and makes it significantly more effective. I recommend kicking up into a handstand agai .....
Wedding
Guard your gifts. Appoint someone to collect your gifts and transport them safely home after the reception. This also goes for any hired suits; ask a trusted family member or friend to return these for you while you're away .....
What to Eat in Uttara khand
Rus. It serves to be one of the most sought-after culinary delights that precisely demarcates Uttarakhand from other Indian states with respect to cuisine. Rus is also rich in all the essential vitamins and minerals that are required for the proper functi .....
Benefits of Tomatoes
Description. The tomato is the fruit of the plant Lycopersicon esculentum. (Botanically speaking, tomato is not only a fruit, but also a berry since it is formed from a single ovary.) Originally, tomato was named after the food family to which it belongs the So .....
Ways To Save Money On Your Dream Wedding
Choose one kind of flower. Flowers are an important requirement of any wedding be it the brides bouquet or centerpiece or as decorations. You can still save in a great deal by arranging your own flowers. By applying your basic flower arrangement skills you can have wonderful d .....
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