Wednesday, February 09, 2011
DHAKA, BANGLADESH : Hindus all over the world are celebrating Saraswati Puja today to pay obeisance to the Goddess of wisdom and learning, and the deity for fine and performing arts -- Saraswati.
Saraswati Puja is performed on the Vasant Panchami day every year mostly in educational institutions, where the Hindu students seek the blessings of Ma Saraswati. Depicted as a graceful woman with a crescent moon adorning her brow, she is shown riding a swan or a peacock, or is seated on a lotus flower.
On this auspicious day, Hindu children are also imparted their first lessons in reading and writing. On the eve of Puja, Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the Hindu community.
In the capital, Saraswati Puja has been a tradition at Dhakeswari temple, Siddheswari temple, Ram-Krishna Mission, Supreme Court premises, Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University, Dhaka College, Eden Girls' College and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad President Subrata Chowdhury told bdnews24.com that this year the Puja was being celebrated in over 100,000 places across the country, including the temples and educational institutions.
In Dhaka University, the Puja is organized at Jagannath Hall, Bangladesh Kuwait Moitri Hall, Rokeya Hall, Shamsun Nahar Hall and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall. Students from over 50 departments of the university have made arrangements for the Puja on the Jagannath Hall playground this year.