Vasant Panchami is an important Hindu event-festival, observed once in a year. Vasant Panchami is also called Basant Panchami, Shree Panchami, and Goddess Saraswati Jayanti. Saraswati Jayanti is also marked and popularly known as Saraswati Puja. Vasant Panchami marks the arrival of the Indian season Spring. Sanskrit word Vasant or Vasanta means the Spring season. Vasant Panchami is also observed in dedication to Goddess Saraswati.
The Sanskrit word Pancha means five. Pancham means 5th; Panchami is the 5th day, Tithi, of the moon phase cycle. Vasant Panchami falls on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha, the waxing-rising phase of the moon, in the Hindu calendar month of Magha. Magha refers around the beginning period of the Gregorian month February. Vasant Panchami also marks the end of the peak winter season.
The Hindu calendar months Chaitra and Baisakh correspond to the Spring season in India and Nepal. This relates to Gregorian period February-March and sometimes partly beginning April, which is also generally the Spring season in the northern hemisphere. The Spring season Is often regarded as the best season, followed by Autumn. The climate and temperatures are quite pleasant in this period.
Commonly, 4 seasons are recognized globally. However, in India and Nepal, 6 seasons are observed. This has been followed from the ancient Vedic times. These are Vasant Ritu, Grishma Ritu, Varsha Ritu, Sharad Ritu, Hemant Ritu, and Shishir Ritu. Here, Ritu means season. Vasant refers to Spring, Grishma refers to Summer, Varsha refers to Monsoon-rainy season, Sharad refers to Autumn, Hemant refers to pre-winter, Shishir refers to Winter.
Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, education, music, art, wisdom, calm, culture and learning. Goddess Saraswati is among the top three Goddesses along with Goddess Parvati and Goddess Lakshmi.
On the occasion of Vasant Panchami, many natives fly kites. Vasant Panchami is even a holiday in some regions in India. Many worship Goddess Saraswati, especially to bless them with knowledge, wisdom, education, mind power etc. Some visit temples.
A Mantra for Goddess Saraswati is -
Om Aing MahaSaraswatyai Namah
ॐ ऎं सरस्वत्यै नमः
(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-02-04 14:45:43 )
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