Saraswati Puja - A Day to Please Goddess Saraswati

16 Oct 2018

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The Importance Of Saraswati Puja

Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and learning is extremely important in the day to day life of people. The present world is based on the knowledge factor which is symbolised by Goddess Saraswati. It’s all the more true for the students, who are working hard to excel in exams and create a golden future for themselves Life cannot go on smoothly without the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. Well, Saraswati Puja is the festival dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati. In 2018, this festival will fall on the 16th October 2018. It falls on the sixth day of Shardiya Navratri.

The Legend About Goddess Saraswati

As per Hindu tradition, Goddess Saraswati was born from the mouth of Lord Brahma. Thus, she is considered the Goddess of speech (also music, knowledge and wisdom). According to tradition, Lord Brahma was so impressed by her beauty that he wished to marry her. Accordingly, several religious records show as the consort of Lord Brahma. Besides, as Lord Brahma is the husband of Saraswati, he is also known as Vagish (lord of speech and sound).

Materials Needed For Saraswati Puja

Following things are needed for Saraswati Puja: An idol or picture of Maa Saraswati, a Kalash set up (copper pot with pure water with fragrant materials and spices – bunch of mango leaves inserted from top - a coconut placed on the set up – decorated with turmeric paste, chandan paste, kumkum and flowers) a white cloth, fragrant flowers, bel patra, Mango leaves, turmeric paste, chandan paste, kumkum, lamps, oil, wicks, camphor, incense sticks, betel leaves, durva grass, fruits, coconut, Holi colors, books and musical instruments. You should also prepare some nice dishes for offering at the end of the puja.

Saraswati Puja Rituals:

Following things are needed for Saraswati Puja: An idol or picture of Maa Saraswati, a Kalash set up (copper pot with pure water with fragrant materials and spices – bunch of mango leaves inserted from top - a coconut placed on the set up – decorated with turmeric paste, chandan paste, kumkum and flowers) a white cloth, fragrant flowers, bel patra, Mango leaves, turmeric paste, chandan paste, kumkum, lamps, oil, wicks, camphor, incense sticks, betel leaves, durva grass, fruits, coconut, Holi colors, books and musical instruments. You should also prepare some nice dishes for offering at the end of the puja. Buy Saraswati Yantra Golden Plated, win the grace of Goddess Saraswati, get happiness and success

Ganesh Puja Before Saraswati Puja

We begin by worshipping Lord Ganesha. Recite the following mantra, besides offer water, flowers, chandan and some offerings. Pray that the Puja gets completed successfully.

शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं
वीणा-पुस्तक-धारिणीमभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापहाम्‌।
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम्‌
वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्‌॥

After that make offerings to Lord Ganesha and do namaskar. Then start the Saraswati puja

Focus on Maa Saraswati while chanting the following Saraswati Bheej mantra 21 times.

ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं महासरस्वती देव्यै नमः

Thereafter, chant the following Saraswati mantras and offer some water, bel leaves, flowers, fruits and dishes prepared.

ॐ सरस्वती मया दृष्ट्वा, वीणा पुस्तक धारणीम् ।
हंस वाहिनी समायुक्ता मां विद्या दान करोतु में ॐ ।।

Concluding The Puja With Arati

After performing the aforesaid rituals, do arati for Maa Saraswati and sing her praises. Do namaskar and pray for her blessings.

Different Incarnations and Forms Of Goddess Saraswati

Maha Saraswati
Neel Saraswati
Saraswati Temples
Sri Sharadamba Temple, Sringeri, Karnataka
Dakshina Mookambika Temple, Ernakulam, Kerala
Wargal Saraswati Temple, Medak, Telangana
Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basar, Telangana
Shri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Ananthasagar, Telangana

With Ganesha’s Grace,
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team

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