Odisha Celebrates Saraswati Puja with Pomp and Gaiety

Odisha Celebrates Saraswati Puja with Pomp and Gaiety

Amid elaborate preparations to observe the festival of Vasant Panchami, clay idols of the deity were brought to the pandals today to start the festivities from early in the morning tomorrow. According to the Hindu calender, Basant Panchami falls in the month of Magha, which is the fifth day of Shukla Paksha.

Taking to Twitter, PM posted, "Greetings on Basant Panchami".

From schools, colleges to households, people get busy appeasing the Goddess of knowledge.

Here is my acrostic on SARASWATI as my message on the occasion of Basant Panchami.

The celebration also included offering of Devi Aradhona, puspoanjoli, archanas, anjolis, aratis, distribution of prashad, arati competitions, cultural functions and staging of dramas at temples, educational institutions and domestic residences in the country. A down and out Kalidasa attempted to end his life however just before he could confer suicide, the goddess Saraswati showed up before him and requested that he take a plunge in the stream.

With fragrant flowers and fluttering butterflies around, soft breeze whispers in your ear - Happy Basant Panchami! During my girlhood days, I was too fond of Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja, because it was a day off from studies.

"Anubujh" muhurtam the ideal time and day considered auspicious to carry out the rituals followed during Saraswati Pujan. This day is also observed as the Sufr Basant in Sufi Shrines. Betel nut and durva grass along with flowers should be offered to seek blessing of the Goddess of knowledge. When asked for the reason, she said, "I am singing because of the blessing of Mother Saraswati".

On the occasion of Basant Panchami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation and wished for a happier and harmonious society. As yellow is considered an auspicious colour for the occasion, hence you will find devotees donning yellow clothes, offering yellow flowers and yellow candies.

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