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Vasant Panchami 2023
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Basant Panchami 2023 is celebrated in the entire country with unmatched enthusiasm. It is also referred to as Saraswati Pooja in some parts of the country. Falling on the 5th of February, the festival denotes the arrival of the spring season, or as it is known in Hindi, Basant. Students and scholars all over the country pay tribute by worshipping the goddess of knowledge, music, and art, Saraswati. 

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All About the Basant Panchami Festival

With the arrival of spring, Basant or Vasant Panchami is celebrated. It is a propitious festival celebrated by the Hindus in the country with pageantry. Falling on the Panchami Tithi or the fifth day of the months of Shukla Paksha, and Magha, as per the Hindi panchang, it is also known as Shri Panchami in the southern parts of the country. It is dedicated to the worship of goddess Saraswati, the wife of Brahma or the creator of this world. She is revered on this auspicious day as she is the goddess of music, arts, knowledge, and learning. 

As per the beliefs of the worshippers, it is important to worship goddess Saraswati, because, in her absence, the world would be submerged under the darkness of ignorance. Goddess Saraswati is a representative of enlightenment in this universe, according to Hindu mythology. It is for this reason that the day celebrates the ripening of the yellow mustard flowers, a favorite of goddess Saraswati.

How to Perform Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami?

On the day of this festival, households across the country seek the blessings of goddess Saraswati for a brighter future ahead. We have listed below the different steps to follow to perform Saraswati  puja for a gleaming career and academic life:

  • Put the idol of goddess Saraswati on a wooden chowki and cover her in yellow clothes. 
  • Decorate the puja place with rangoli.
  • Place a lighted oil lamp to the right.
  • Meditate and take a pledge or Sankalpa.
  • Invoke Lord Ganesha to seek his blessings for a hassle-free puja.
  • Do an aavahan to invoke goddess Saraswati.
  • Do an arghya, achamaniya and snana for the idol.
  • Offer the goddess with Panchamrit made out of ghee, honey, curd, cow’s milk, and jaggery.
  • Offer gangajal to the idol
  • Adorn the idol with haldi, chandan, kumkum, sindoor, and flowers.
  • Offer naivedhyam to the goddess along with a tambulam which is a platter of betel leaves and nuts, coconut, turmeric, and banana.
  • Perform aarti and conclude by doing pranam. 

Significance of Basant Panchami Festival

Hindu mythology states that Brahma is the creator of this universe. After creating the world, he wanted to witness his own creation and marvel at its majestic beauty. So he traveled to the Earth. Upon reaching the planet, he was disappointed to find the Earth engulfed in nothing but barren silence and isolation. Therefore, he created an angel who matched his own prowess. The angel bore a harp in her hands so, Brahma requested her to play a tune for him. With her melodious voice, the angel blessed the creation and the inhabitants of Earth. This angel was named Veena Vadini or Saraswati.

Festival Basant Panchami is celebrated to pay homage to goddess Saraswati. She is deemed as the one who blesses us with wisdom and epitomizes creative energy. She is a symbol of prosperity and affluence. Celebrated by paying an ode to the goddess of knowledge, this day is often considered auspicious for giving the first lessons of education to a child. This customary act is called Vidyarambam or Aksharabhyasam. This is also the time when spring approaches with all its bountiful blessings. During this time, mustard flowers are in full bloom in India. The fields of mustard resemble yellow flower beds when they are in full bloom at this time. As a result, the color yellow is deeply associated with this festival. People celebrate the festival wearing yellow and even the delectable dishes prepared on this occasion, like Khichdi, are primarily yellow in color. The color yellow is symbolic of warmth and happiness in most cultures. Furthermore, Indian astrology deems this color to be the favorite of goddess Saraswati. As a result, the idols of Goddess Saraswati are clad in yellow sarees.

 

Rituals Associated with Basant Panchami

Being considered an extremely opportune day, people like to begin any new projects on this day. There are several rituals that are performed on this day. Here are some of  the prominent ones:

  • Students are dictated to chant the Saraswati mantra, “Om Shree Saraswatyai Namah,’ to excel in their studies.
  • People visit the temple of Lord Ganesha to seek blessings before starting any new venture.
  • It is believed that the goddess Saraswati was born out of sattva guna and thus she is very fond of all things white. Therefore, to appease her, people donate white things like milk, rice, white sesame seeds, curd, sugar, and butter.
  • In the northern parts of the country like Rajasthan and Punjab, people celebrate by flying kites.
  • Yellow flowers and clothes are offered to goddess Saraswati to appease her.

Traditional Dishes made on Basant Panchami

Since the festival Basant Panchami is bathed in the color yellow, the cuisines made on this special day also have hues of yellow. Different appetizing dishes are made on this day, filling people’s hearts with optimism and prosperity, just like the color yellow. Here are the dishes made in different parts of the country on this opportune day:

Khichdi- Pulses and rice are mixed with a generous amount of ghee to cook khichdi. It is paired with different appetizers like pickles, papad, dahi, and salads.

Fritters- Bengali households celebrate the occasion by making fritters. These fritters are made out of different vegetables like onion, potato, cauliflower, and pumpkin.

Beguni- Being the indispensable companion of khichdi, this is a fritter made out of eggplants.

Kesari Chawal- This is a dessert made in Punjab and its neighboring areas and is also popularly known as meethe chawal.

Kesari Rajbhog- Cottage cheese is dipped in sugar syrup infused with saffron extracts to make this luxurious dessert.

Nariyal Barfi- Adding saffron to grated coconut mixed with sugar and mawa makes up this delicious sweet dish.

Kul Chatni- This festival is incomplete without the pickles and dips made out of Kul or bear fruit.

Boondi ke laddoo- Any Saraswati puja is incomplete without these iconic Indian dessert items.

Astrological Benefits of Basant Panchami

As per the knowledge of astrological sciences, it is believed that by performing Saraswati puja on this day, one can reduce the ill-effects of many planets like Shukra, Brahaspati, Chandra, and Budh Graha. The benefits of this puja are so far-fetched that it can offer relief to the people undergoing mahadasa and antardardasa. If an individual is going through any dashas in their birth chart, the beneficial aspects of this Puja paired with charity and donations can assuage the planets. Furthermore, even those people who are suffering from the effects of Jupiter, Moon, Venus, or Mercury retrograde can gain benefits from this puja.

Legends Associated with Basant Panchami

One of the most popular legends associated with this day is the story of Kama Dev or the God of love and his union with his beloved wife, Rati. According to mythology, goddess Parvati sought the help of Kama Dev to awaken Shiva from his deep meditation. The world was in disarray and needed Shiva’s presence, so at Parvati’s behest, Kama Dev made a bow out of sugarcane and launched an arrow made out of flowers to distract Shiva and bring his attention back to the materialistic world. His actions however enraged Shiva to the point that he open his third eye that initiated the destruction of the world. In the process, he also burned the God of love into ashes. At the bidding of Kama Dev’s wife Rati, Shiva finally restored her husband’s life, thus bringing the husband and wife back together. Furthermore, the incident marks the return of Lord Shiva back to the Grihastha state from his vairagya state.

Initiating a string of auspicious days, Basant Panchami 2023 date marks the end of the cold winter, heralding a time of bright sunshine upon the world. It is a time to celebrate optimism and learning as both these things motivate us in moving forward in life!

If you wish to know more about this occasion, get connected with Astroyogi astrologers right away!

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