Basant Panchami : Why Saraswati Puja is celebrated in India?

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Basant Panchami is believed to be the birthday of Maa Saraswati, and thus this is also known as Saraswati Jayanti or Saraswati Puja. As Maa Saraswati is believed to be the goddess of learning, students worship Maa Saraswati to seek her blessings.

Saraswati Puja is mainly celebrated in northeastern Indian states like Bihar, Orissa, and West Bengal. This is also believed to be the most appropriate day for small children to start their learnings and thus a ceremony termed as vidya arambham or akshar abhayasam is introduced.

Maa Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful woman in white Saari and seated on a white lotus symbolizing truth and purity. She rides a white swan ( Hansa in Hindi ) and holds a musical instrument in her hand called Veena.

Most educational centers either it is schools, colleges, or coaching centers, celebrate this puja all over the country of India.

White and yellow are the dominant colours of Basant Panchami. During Saraswati Puja, students decorate the place where the idol is placed in white and yellow flowers.

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