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As 'Diwali' - the festival of light - is to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, and 'Navaratri' is to Durga, goddess of power and valor, Vasant Panchami is to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts.

Hindus regard Vasant Panchami as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. 'Vasant' comes from the word 'spring' as this festival heralds the beginning of springtime, and 'Panchami' from the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha, when it is observed. Hindus celebrate Vasant Panchami with great fervor in temples, homes and even schools and colleges as students across India utter the 'Saraswati Mantra' prayer before the idol of the goddess of knowledge and arts.

Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney |
Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey ||
Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey |
Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey ||

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January 25, 2012 at 3:11 am
(1) Jashodhara Purkayastha says:

Good article on Vasant Pachami.It would have been better if Saraswati mantra’s meaning given.Mantras are not allowed anywhere as meaning are not specifically explained. If same mantras are sung by foreign artists,it will give more preference.

January 26, 2012 at 11:50 am
(2) Subhamoy says:

Click here to read the English translation of Saraswati Vandana

January 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(3) rakhi says:

Thanks for sending all information about hinduism.I like this so much.May God bless u.

January 27, 2012 at 11:04 am
(4) Shakun says:

Really nice article. Informative, to-the-point and interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by the grandeur with which Bengali festivals are celebrated, and the same goes for Saraswati Puja (although I’m not too sure if we can call it a ‘Bengali’ festival). Here’s another post I really liked–> http://www.ifood.tv/network/saraswati_puja (more food related though).

Looking forward to reading more of your write-ups! :)

- A non-Bong with a fascination for everything Bong

January 30, 2012 at 4:23 am
(5) Sudeep says:

Can u pl upload the Saraswati vandana Shloka sung by Lata Mangeshkar “Ya kundendu tushar haar……….” on the occasion?
Thnaks

February 12, 2013 at 3:09 am
(6) ADARSH BALA SHARMA says:

Thank you very much. I have learnt many things about Hinduism I didn’t know before.

February 14, 2013 at 10:18 pm
(7) VioletHeaven says:

Thank you! Excellent infomation just in time!

January 7, 2014 at 3:29 am
(8) JourneyMart says:

Basant Panchami is celebrated on 4 February 2014. The Goddess Saraswati is worshipped celebrate as Saraswati’s birthday.

January 29, 2014 at 1:38 am
(9) anand vinod datta says:

vandana
Kalpana vihang key laga dey vyoumvayapi pankh
vishav vishalata sey vistrat vichhar dey
sarey vayu mandal sey parichay paaney hetu
savans kee sasismata ko vishad prasar dey
hriday sitar key jo deeley parey tar unehey
chav sey sudhar dey,naveen zankar dey
martvaret pyar dey pasar dey daya key hath
sarey karya sad dey he shardey vishardey

January 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm
(10) Jyothi Prabhu says:

Thx for the good and informative articles..well done

Wsrm rgdJP

January 30, 2014 at 9:58 am
(11) kala naidu says:

dear sir,
thank you so much for your divine work. I have not heard of Vasant Panchami/Saraswathi puja before except the one during Navartri festival.

February 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm
(12) Anand Chanda says:

Hi,

I am new to Bangalore and stay near Murgeshpalaya. Can any one sent me the details of the Saraswathi Pooja in an near Murgehpalaya.

Thanks,
Anand Chanda

February 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm
(13) raj says:

thanku for information

February 4, 2014 at 5:26 am
(14) JAWHAR LAL MAHESHWARI says:

I always happy and get knowledge about Hindusm. Sometime we do know about the festival. But Subhamy Das site provide details of every Hindu Festivals in details.

Thanks for this activity.

February 5, 2014 at 12:05 am
(15) Awadhsingh says:

Vasant Panchmi is also the the start of Holi gaans singing (Chowtall, etc); it is the 40th day before Holi Phagutsav..Am I right?

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