Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vasant panchami festival and its meaning

Significance of Basant Panchami (2012, 28 January)

The festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated on fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Magh month. This year, the festival will be celebrated on 28 January 2012. On this day Lord Vishnu, God Krishna-Radha and Goddess of education Mother Saraswati is worshiped with yellow flowers, Gulaal, water offerings, incense, lamp etc. As per the tradition, yellow and sweet rice and yellow coloured Halwa is offered to God in the pooja and then eaten as Prasadam.

Vasant Panchami and Goddess Saraswati
Goddess Saraswati is the mother of wisdom and music. Panchami is also celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. Vasant Panchami is the festival of king of all seasons. This begins from spring season and carries upto Panchami of Krishna Paksha of Falgun month. This festival is especially considered significant for lovers of art and education.

According to an ancient belief, Lord Brahma created this universe. This festival is celebrated in north India with full glee and delight. As per another mythological story, this day Lord Rama ate half tasted grapes of Shabari and to commemorate this day, the festival of Vasant Panchami is celebrated.

Significance of Basant Panchami
The day of Vasant Panchami is considered to be the beginning of life. This day is the day of arrival of happiness. Spring season is the season of rebirth and bloom. In this season, fields of yellow mustard, charm everybodies heart. Wheat crop starts swinging like gold. Colorful flowers starts blossoming. The day of Basant Panchami is celebrated as the welcoming of colors and happiness.

Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the fifth date of Magh Masa. On this day, apart from Goddess Saraswati, Lord Vishnu and Kamdev is also worshiped. Out of all six seasons, spring season is the most adorable and winsome.

Basant Panchami: Festival of Flying kites
On the day of Vasant Panchami, apart from worshipping Goddess Saraswati, kite flying competitions are also organised. In this festival, national and international competitors participate. In this festival of flying kites, we get an opportunity to see manu new and versatile kites.The tradition of flying kites was started from China.

Puja of Goddess Saraswati
The day of Vasant Panchami is the most auspicious for worshiping of Goddess Sharda. This day, small girls of age group ranging from 2 to 10 are offered meal of yellow - sweet rice and then they are also worshiped. After the pooja, yellow colored clothes and ornaments are given to unmarried girls and poors. It is said that it enhances knowledge, art, peace and happiness of the family. Apart from this, worshiping Shiva Linga with yellow flowers is also considered auspicious.

Vasant Panchami, Use of Auspicious Time
Vasant Panchami is included in the Abujh muhurt. Vasant Panchami is a favourable day for auspicious works like marriage, construction of house, beginning of a factory, inauguration of an educational institute etc

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