Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Saraswati Puja 2017

The Goddess Saraswati represents purity, peace and signifies knowledge, learning, arts and culture. In scriptures, she is described as a serene Goddess seated on a lotus flower or riding a swan and wearing a crescent moon on her brow. In Vedas, she is referred as the water deity. Even gods and goddesses revere this goddess of knowledge for her boundless purifying and enriching powers. It is said that it was Devi Saraswati who invented Sanskrit, the language which is known as the mother of all languages.

The goddess of all the creative arts, particularly of poetry and music, learning and science, Goddess Saraswati is believed to have discovered ‘amrit’ in the Himalayas and made it available to the Gods clandestinely. A number of great scholars of today regard Saraswati as the instrument of creation for they believe that the goddess is identical withVraj, being created out of the substance of Purusha or Prajapati. As Brahma’s wife she is perceived to provide the power to execute what Brahma conceives with His intellectual fertility.

Why do people Perform Saraswati Puja?

 Saraswati Puja is performed to show allegiance to the Goddess of learning. There has been a long precedence of paying obeisance to Saraswati, universally represented as a personified woman in white. This festival is celebrated in Bihar, UP and some other parts in North India with utmost devotion and reverence. On the day of Saraswati Puja, students and intellectuals worship Goddess Saraswati with boundless devotion and enthusiasm. Young girls, clad in yellow sarees are seen offering flowers to the Goddess with mantras. In some parts of India, offering Palash flowers has been a tradition. The entire day gets spent in religious activities. At night, cultural programmes are performed by the devotees. In these programmes, several singers and musicians participate with utmost devotion showing exceptional skills of their talents on stage.

What is the Auspicious Time to Perform Saraswati Puja?
For good number of astrologers of today, Vasant Panchami isAbujha (अबूझ) day which is auspicious to start all good work. According to this belief, there cannot be any specific time period to perform pooja as they have good reasons to believe that whole Vasant Panchami day is auspicious to perform Saraswati Puja.
But, the devotees on the day of Vasant Panchmi just make sure that Puja is performed when Panchami Tithi is there. And as many a times this tithi does not prevail throughout the day, proper care and precaution is spared to ensure that the ceremony of Puja is performed in the time panchami Tithi is there.
What does the Modern Panchang Suggest?
The modern Panchang suggests Saraswati Puja time during Purvahna Kala while Panchami Tithi is prevailing. Purvahna Kala falls between the sunrise and the midday which is also the time when most people perform Saraswati Puja including schools and colleges in India.

Saraswati Puja Greetings

------Ashish Jha

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