Saraswati Puja - A special day to worship Goddess of Knowledge, Art & Music
Saraswati puja holds a special place in student’s heart. We want to cover some of the major aspects of celebrating Saraswati puja and its significance.
Saraswati is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the creation, maintenance and destruction of the Universe. Saraswati Puja is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Nepal. It usually falls in the month of February. Saraswati Puja is also known as Shree Panchami or Basanta Panchami. On this day, Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, art, and culture is worshipped. It is believed, Saraswati Puja or Shree Panchami is the best day to start learning new things. The day is very auspicious, especially for students. The wall of the Saraswati temples exhibit Nepali alphabets and numbers.
On this auspicious day, the students and faculty members come together to seek a blessing from goddess Saraswati. Everyone joined their hands together and start praying Goddess Saraswati for showering her blessings to us. Students also worship goddess Saraswati with a great respect by offering varieties of sweets, garlands, and tika. They worship books, pens, notebooks, and other instruments. Musician too worships his or her instruments. Children are given their first writing and reading lessons at the temple during this festival in the belief that the goddess of education Saraswati will help them excel in education. In some of the schools and colleges, there is a special program of showing dance and culture in this day.
According to Hindu myth, Saraswati Puja is also regarded as the best day to get married or to start up a new business. Many religious words or songs are chanted on this day with great joys and excitements, exchanging greetings and learning new things.