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Vasanth Panchami also known as Basanth Panchami is a Hindu festival which is celebrated to welcome “Spring” season. This festival is celebrated during Magh maas, which falls between the months of January and February according to Gregorian calendar. This festival is celebrated across India. This year, the festival falls on 1st of February 2017.
How is the festival celebrated?
Vasanth Panchami is a prominent festival which marks the end of winter season and accompanies the springtime. The Hindu Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped on this auspicious occasion. Young girls dress up in bright yellow cloths and participate in festivities. The yellow color indicates a special meaning for the celebrations which signifies the brilliance of nature and vibrancy of life.
People offer yellow flowers to the gods and goddesses dressing up in yellow cloths. They also prepare special pastry called kesar halwa which is made with flour, sugar, nuts and kesar (Saffron strands) and offer to Goddesses Saraswathi on this auspicious day. The Kesar or saffron strands in the Keasr Halwa gives a vibrant yellow color which is the favorite color of Goddess Saraswathi. On this special occasion, yielded crops, note books, music instruments and other gadgets are placed near Devi’s feet to seek blessing to the youngsters who are studying and learning.
Myths behind Vasanth Panchami
The celebration of the Vasant Panchami is focused on the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom. She symbolizes the diverse aspects of adapting, for example, the sciences, arts, crafts and skills. She is said to be calm and composed. She is often represented seated on a lotus or a peacock, wearing a white dress.
Significance of Vasanth Panchami
The Goddess Saraswathi is the goddess of intelligence and learning. She has four hands which symbolize conscience, keenness, readiness and the brain. She conveys a lotus and sacred texts in two of her hands and she plays music on the Veena with her other two hands. She rides on a white swan. Her white dress is an image for virtue. Her swan means that individuals ought to be able to perceive the great from the terrible.
The goddess Saraswathi, sitting on a lotus, symbolizes her wisdom. She is also knowledgeable in the experience of truth. When the goddess is seen sitting on a peacock, which is a reminder that a strong ego can be held back by wisdom.
editorFeb 1 2017