Festival Basant Panchami

या कुंदेंदु तुषारहार धवला, या शुभ्र वस्त्रावृता |

या वीणावर दण्डमंडितकरा, या श्वेतपद्मासना ||

या ब्रह्माच्युतशंकरप्रभ्रृतिभिर्देवै: सदा वन्दिता |

सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती नि:शेष जाड्यापहा ||

जो कुंद फूल, चंद्रमा और वर्फ के हार के समान श्वेत हैं, जो शुभ्र वस्त्र धारण करती हैं|

जिनके हाथ, श्रेष्ठ वीणा से सुशोभित हैं, जो श्वेत कमल पर आसन ग्रहण करती हैं||

ब्रह्मा, विष्णु और महेश आदिदेव, जिनकी सदैव स्तुति करते हैं|

हे माँ भगवती सरस्वती, आप मेरी सारी (मानसिक) जड़ता को हरें||

She, who is as fair as the Kunda flower,the moon, and a garland of Tushar flowers;

She, whose hands are adorned by the excellent veena, and whose seat is the pure white lotus;

She, who is constantly praised and glorified by Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and other divinities;

O Mother Goddess, remove my mental inertia!

 

Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art.
It is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. It is celebrated at the end of winter to welcome spring. ‘Basant Ritu’ means the spring season in Hindi.
Traditionally during this 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 for Saraswati.

During this season in Haryana the mustard fields are in full bloom, giving the impression of yellow carpets laid out on acres of land. 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. Children love flying kites . They enjoy the festival with great fun and enthusiasm.

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