The Saraswati Puja, one of the most exciting days in a student’s life. They wait for this day the whole year.
And why not? I mean that’s the only day students have the opportunity to get all decked up for school and have no studies on that day to top it all.
Saraswati Puja celebrations
On this day, as a child I remember waking up early in the morning, having a bath and getting ready for saraswati puja rituals at home. Also, on this day we had to religiously fast until puja got over.
Also, on this day students place their books near the idol of Saraswati in hopes of gaining knowledge. Therefore, I used to keep the books of those subjects I was most poor at. And that would be mostly Maths obviously and my most feared subject Assamese.
And then breakfast for saraswati puja would be the puja offerings and that’s also when our fast broke. The best part of the day could be visiting one school to another seeking blessings from Ma Saraswati.
And on that day we were allowed to go out with our friends without being scolded. Me and my group of friends could then for the rest of the day be busy visiting schools and colleges, clicking photos.
Not to forget another best part of the day was eating Khichdi and Kheer. We made sure to try the Khichdi and Kheer from almost all the places we visited.
We all know this day is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, as she is the deity of knowledge, language, music, and arts.
Let’s learn more about this day.
History of the day
According to Hindu mythology, Brahma, the creator of the world , once while seeing the world through his eyes was disappointed completely with the silence and loneliness of the earth.
So he decided to create an angel with his powers to reduce the silence from Earth. He then created an angel, had a harp in her hands and came to be known as Saraswati or Veena Vadini.
On this day people wear yellow as it is believed that yellow color is Goddess Saraswati’s favorite. Also this day marks the arrival of the spring season.
Significance of the day
Saraswati Puja is performed on the occasion of Basant Panchami. She is believed to be the Goddess of learning, wisdom, music, arts, and science.
Saraswati sits on a swan and has a peacock on her side. She also holds a Veena in her hands. The swan on which she sits has a story behind it.
According to Hindu mythology it is believed that Saraswati’s swan is blessed with a distinct ability to separate water from milk. Thus, it teaches humans to differentiate between the good and the bad. It teaches us to be wise.
This day is also a good and holy day to start anything new. Therefore, parents on this day introduce letters to their children. People also start new businesses on this day. All in all it is believed that this day is good for a new beginning.
Students also love this day as on this day books are prayed but not read as it is believed that goddess Saraswati blesses our books on this day.
And by the end of the day everyone returns home tired and with a full stomach after roaming around the whole day.
Lastly, Happy Saraswati Puja. May you be blessed with the ocean of knowledge that never ends.