Vasant or Basant Panchmi is the 5th day of the Magha month as per the Hindu calendar. The festival usually occurs between February and March every year, and with that, the beautiful spring season begins. In fact, the name Vasant literally means 'Spring' in English, whereas Panchami means the 5th day. This explains the occurrence of Vasant Panchami on this particular day. So why do we celebrate Vasant Panchami and why such a hype about it?
Well, you may know the love Hindus have for Saraswati Maa, and this festival is celebrated to perform rituals in her name. Moreover, the other Hindu festivals like Holi commence after this one, so people start preparing for the events to take place in advance. Cool isn’t it!
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Vasant Panchmi 2021 Date and Time
Purvahna Kaal is the time period between sunrise and noon and is said to determine the Muhurat of Vasant Panchmi. So the Panchmi tithi occurring during this Kaal marks the fest of Basant Panchmi. Because of this, Vasant Panchmi can also coincide with the tithi of Chaturthi. This year Vasant Panchami is falling on the 16th of February 2021, Tuesday.
Panchami Muhurat: 07:21 AM - 12:22 PM
Panchami Tithi Starts: 15th of February, 2021, 10:06 PM
Panchami Tithi Ends: 17th of February, 2021, 12:16 AM
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Vasant Panchami And Saraswati Puja Significance
Spring is also regarded as the “King” of all seasons marked by the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. In addition to this, it is the celebration of the agricultural fields beginning to ripen with beautiful mustard flowers. To make it a cheerful festival, people wear yellow clothes, consume yellow sweets, and adorn their homes. They also offer yellow flowers to the Goddess as yellow is believed to be her favourite colour.
Do You Know? There are 18 harvest festivals celebrated in India throughout the year and Vasant Panchami is one of them.
Saraswati Devi is the epitome of creative energy and is highly revered as the Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, learning, music, and art. In India, many people regard this day as a pious event for their children to start writing their first-ever letters or words. Many grown ups also begin their learning in a creative field.
On this day, devotees worship Saraswati Mata to get her divine blessings of enormous knowledge and come out of lethargy and unawareness. Saraswati puja consists of a ritual wherein education is executed for children. It is also referred to as Vidyarambham or Aksharabhyasam, one of the key rituals of this fest. Most of the schools and colleges organise a puja on their premises to attain the Goddess grace. Astrologers also honour Vasant Panchmi as the day of Abujha, a favourable time to begin all the auspicious tasks.
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Performing Saraswati Puja At Home
- The puja ritual starts by waking up early, cleaning your home, and taking a bath.
- As the Goddess loves yellow colour, you can apply a paste of haldi (turmeric) and neem all over your body before going for the bath. You can wear yellow clothes or ones in the tone of yellow.
- Then you need to set up a statue of Saraswati Mata in your puja room or altar. For this, first place a fresh white or yellow cloth on a table or stool. Keep the statue of Devi on it in the centre. You should also place Lord Ganesha’s statue along the Goddess’s side.
- As per the availability, keep your books, notebooks, music instruments or any creative piece close to the table or stool.
- Adorn a plate using kumkum, haldi, rice, and flowers. Offer the same to both the deities. Light a diya and burn some incense sticks to offer prayers to the deities. With eyes closed and palms joined at the heart centre, recite the mantra for Saraswati Puja along with Aarti in the end.
- After performing the rituals, distribute the prasadam among everyone.