Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Happy Basant/Vasant Panchami Festival
Today is Basant Panchami, the day dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning Saraswati while this auspicious day also signify the arrival of Basant (Spring) after winter season.
Goddess Saraswati prepared for Vasant Panchami in the streets of Kolkata
The festival celebrates Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art, and falls on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring.
To mark the festival children are taught to write their first words; brahmins are fed; ancestor worship (Pitr-tarpan) is performed; the god of love Kamadeva is worshipped; and most educational institutions organise special prayer.
The color yellow also plays an important role in this festival, in that people usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families.
Also known as Saraswati Puja, this festival is celebrated to invoke wisdom and consciousness in human beings.
The day is also celebrated all across
as a harvest festival and the skies will be filled with kites of various colours and shapes flown by children as well as elders. India
Because of Basant Panchmi, a large turnout of people is expected in the day, especially those from agricultural states like
Punjab, to take the holy dip called the "Third bath" at Maha Kumbh in Haridwar.
Meanwhile, Vrindavan is all set to hold the month-long Kumbh mela, which starts on Wednesday. The mela, which is expected to draw about 5 lakh people, is believed to have been attended by sadhus for centuries before setting out for the kumbh in Haridwar.
District authorities said that infrastructure for the fair is ready with adequate medical and transport facilities and security has been beefed up for the fair.