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Vasant Panchami also known as Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrated enthusiastically in India, mostly the northern regions. The festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated on fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Magha masam. The festival date in 2013 is on Friday 15 February. Basant Panchami symbolizes the beginning of spring, denoted by flowering and blooming of trees and crops. On this day Lord Vishnu, God Radha Krishna and Goddess Saraswati is worshiped with Yellow and Pink flowers, Water offerings, incense, lamp etc. Naivedayam (Rice prepared with jaggery) and yellow coloured Halwa is offered to God.
Basant Panchami is the day that hindus beleives Goddess Sarasavathi was born. Many hindu astrologers consider Vasant Panchami as Abujha day which is auspicious to start all good work. According to this belief whole Vasant Panchami day is auspicious to perform Saraswati Puja. On this day in Basara temple, Aksharabhyasam or Vidya Praasana is done for children who are at the age of 3 to 5 years. Being an auspicious occasion, children are taught their first words, hence marking the beginning of their learning period.
Vasant Panchami Puja Muhurtam is from
Morning 09:18 to 11:33
Duration = 2 Hours 14 Mins
Goddess Saraswati is the deity of wisdom and learning along with goddess Parvati and Laxmi, Sarasvathi is one of the three most important deities in Hindu culture. On this day Goddess Sarasvathi is dressed in yellow garments, yellow being the symbol of spiritual knowledge. People also dress up in yellow clothes and offer yellow flowers to deities in the temples. The four hands of the Sarswathi symbolize the different sides of human personality in learning. When seated on a peacock, she signifies that wisdom suppresses ego.
The famous sarswathi temple is in Basara.