“Spring is in the air, fresh blossoms everywhere”– The festival of Vasant Panchami, often called Basant Panchami, marks the arrival of the spring season. Falling on 16th February, the festival has a lot of relevance in the Hindu religion.
It spreads a sense of gratitude towards nature for blessings us with treasures in the form of food and other natural resources we need to survive.
Why do we worship goddess Saraswati on Vasant Panchami?
The festival of Vasant Panchami is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology.
In addition to this, it celebrates the day of birth of Goddess Saraswati and the onset of spring season, which takes a period of 40 days to come into full bloom. It also announces the arrival of the colourful festival of Holi. Astrologers at Starstell also consider Vasant Panchami as an auspicious day to start any good work.
Vasant Panchami day is auspicious to perform Saraswati Puja. Although there is no particular time to perform Saraswati Puja, one should make sure that it is conducted while the Panchami Tithi is prevailing.
Astrologers at Starstell suggest Saraswati Puja time during Purvahna Kala while Panchami Tithi is prevailing. Purvahna Kala falls between the sunrise and the midday, which is also the time when most people perform Saraswati Puja including schools and colleges in India.
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Saraswati Ya Kundendu, a part of the famous Saraswati Stotram, is one of the most chanted prayers by astrologers all over the world, dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. It is recited on the eve of Vasant Panchami during Saraswati Puja.
या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता।
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना॥
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता।
सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥१॥
शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं।
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम्।
वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्॥२॥
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