Vasant Panchami – A Day to Worship Goddess Saraswati
Vasant Panchami is a festival that represents the arrival of Vasant Ritu (Spring Season). On this day, Mata Saraswati is worshipped.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated on 31st January, Saturday, in 2009.
Saraswati – Goddess of Learning:
Maa Saraswati is the Goddess to worship on the day of Vasant Panchami. Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, the divine symbol of Vedic knowledge and wisdom.
Vasant Panchami Celebrations in Basar:
In Basar, Andhra Pradesh, Gnana Sarasawati temple is located. According to Puranas, the temple and the main adobe was set and established by Veda Vyasa, who wrote MahaBharata. Here, the Sarasawati is worshipped with great fervor and Vasant Panchami is celebrated in a grand way. Saraswati Homam (Yagna) is performed by Veda pandits.
On this day, in Basar temple, ‘AksharaBhyasa’ or ‘vidya Praasana’ is done for children who are at the age of 3 – 5 years. After Vidya Praasana they are all set to go to school and pursue their education.