Saraswati Puja in 2013 is on Friday 11th October. Saraswati Puja also known as Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrated enthusiastically in India, mostly the northern regions. Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology. Every year Saraswati Puja is observed on the Vasant Panchami i.e is celebrated on fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Magha Masam. 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 colored Halwa is offered to God.
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During Navaratri it is a tradition to worship Goddess Saraswati. Many Hindu astrologers consider Saraswati Puja as Abujha day which is auspicious to start all good work. According to this belief whole Saraswati Puja 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.
Goddess Saraswati is the deity of wisdom and learning along with goddess Parvati and Laxmi, Saraswati is one of the three most important deities in Hindu culture. On this day Goddess Saraswati 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 Saraswati symbolize the different sides of human personality in learning. When seated on a peacock, she signifies that wisdom suppresses ego.
The famous Saraswati temple is in Basara.