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Friday, January 27, 2012

Vasanta Panchami Subhakankshalu

Goddess Saraswathi Devi

Vasantha Panchami is the festival dedicated to Saraswathi the Goddess   of Learning. Depawali is dedicated to Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Navaratri is dedicated  to Durga , Goddess of Strength and Power. This festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day or 'Panchami' tidhi of the bright fortnight of Lunar month of Magha, which falls during January - February. It is beloved that, on this day Goddess Saraswati was born. Vasanta Panchami is also known as 'Sri Panchami'. The vehical assigned to each of three Goddess also symbolizes their special powers. The White Swan of Saraswathi is symbolising 'Satwa Guna'. The Owl of Maha Lakshmi and the Tiger of Durga symbolise the other two gunas 'Rajas and Tamas'.

The most significant aspect of Vasanta Panchami is that it is also the most ausipicious day to begin laying one's foundations of education i.e how to read and write. Pre-school children are given their first lesson in reading and writting on this day. All Hindu Educational Institutions conduct special prayers for  Goddess Saraswathi on this day. Saraswathi is the Goddess of Wisdom and Music.

During Vasantha Panchami advent of spring is felt in the air as the season undergoes change. New leaves and blossoms appear in the trees with the promise of new life and hope. There is a belief that Goddess Saraswathi appeared on this day and to celebrated her birth day. Her devotees perform  pooja to her. She destroys the demon of ignorance and grants us knowledge and divine wisdom. Goddess Saraswathi will ward off all evils and would lead to the fulfilment of all the wishes to her devotees.

            Goddess Saraswathi Devi Naivedyam For Vasantha Panchami
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