Vasant Panchami, also celebrated as Saraswati Puja, is an Indian harvest festival that marks the arrival of spring. The festival of Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar (between February-March). Vasant in Hindi means ‘Spring’ and Panchami means fifth, hence Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of Hindu calendar month of Magha. It also marks the start of preparation for other major Hindu festivals of Holika and Holi, which take place forty days later.
- What is the date & time of Vasant Panchami 2020?
In the year 2020, the festival of Vasant Panchami falls on Wednesday, January 29. According to the Hindu Panchang (calendar), the Panchami Tithi will start from 10.45 AM on January 29 and will end at 1.00 PM on January 30.
- What is the significance of Vasant Panchmi?
The Vasant Panchmi marks the beginning of Spring – the King of all Seasons. The festival also celebrates the agricultural fields’ ripening with yellow flowers of the mustard crop. The people celebrate the Vasant Panchmi festival day by wearing yellow coloured clothes, eating yellow coloured sweet dishes and display yellow flowers in homes.
- Why do we observe Saraswati Puja during Vasant Panchmi?
Saraswati symbolizes creative energy and is considered as the goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning. In many parts of the country, it is considered as an auspicious day for kids to write their first words with their fingers/pen/pencil or study some creative art field. On the day of Vasant Panchmi, people dress in yellow coloured clothes, share yellow coloured sweets, and offer yellow flower to goddess Saraswati which is considered her favourite colour. Some schools also arrange special Saraswati puja for their students in the school premises.
- How to do Saraswati Puja at home?
On the day of Vasant Panchami, wake up early, clean your house, puja area, and take a bath to perform the Saraswati Puja rituals. Since yellow is the favourite colour of goddess Saraswati, put a paste of Neem and Turmeric all over your body before taking bath. After bath get dressed in yellow coloured clothes. Next step is to set up the Saraswati idol in the puja platform/area. Take a clean white/yellow clothe and place it over a raised platform like table/stool. After that, place the idol of Goddess Saraswati in the centre. Along with Goddess Saraswati, you need to place an idol of Lord Ganesha by her side. You can also place your books/notebook/music instrument/or any other creative art element near the idol. Then, take a plate and decorate it with turmeric, kumkum, rice, flowers and offer it to Saraswati & Ganesha to seek their blessings. Light a small lamp/incense sticks in front of the idols, close your eyes, join the palms of your hand and recite Saraswati Puja mantra and aarti. Once, the puja rituals are over, share the prasad among family and friends.