Reason Behind Celebrating Basant Panchami, Find Out Now!

The festival of Basant Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Deity of Knowledge, and will be celebrated on 29 January 2020, Wednesday this year. Basant Panchami is celebrated during the Shukla Paksha in the month of Magh according to the Hindu Panchang. Maa Saraswati is specially worshiped on this occasion. So let’s know about the origin of Basant Panchami.

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Auspicious Basant Panchami Puja Muhurat

Puja Muhurat

From 10:47:38 To 12:34:27 

Duration 

1 Hour 46 Minutes

Note: This Muhurat is valid only for the New Delhi region. Click here to get auspicious time for your city.

According to Vedic Astrology, the day of Basant Panchami is considered very auspicious, hence this day is also known as Abujh or Obujh Muhurat. This means that there’s no need to consult a Pandit or Astrologer in order to initiate any auspicious or important task. On this day, wearing yellow clothes is considered auspicious. The day of Basant Panchami is also considered very propitious in terms of marriage.

Why is Basant Panchami Celebrated?

According to the mythological legend, Lord Brahma created the world, which comprised of humans, animals, trees and plants but still felt that he’s lacking somewhere. This was the reason that Lord Brahma sprinkled some water from his Kamandala, from which a beautiful woman with four hands appeared.

The woman had the Veena in one hand, a Book in the other, the Garland in the third with the fourth hand in a blessed position or Var Mudra. Lord Brahma, upon seeing this, asked the Goddess to play the Veena. When she began playing the instrument, Brahma JI felt as if everything around him had come to life and become melodious. Hence, he named her the Goddess of Veena, Saraswati. Since her appearance took place on the day of Basant Panchami, she is venerated every year on this day.

Puja Rituals To Follow

Along with homes, Maa Saraswati is worshipped in schools and institutions. If you are carrying out the puja at your home, you must be aware of the following rules:

  • Wear yellow-colored clothes on this day.
  • Establish the idol of Maa Saraswati on a yellow cloth.
  • Use things like roli, turmeric, saffron, akshat, yellow or white colored flowers, yellow sweets etc. when carrying out the puja.
  • After this, worship Maa Saraswati and place musical instruments and books at the altar.

The season of Spring begins from this day, hence the Goddess must be offered rose flowers and natives must wish each other by applying Gulal. Let us update you that Maa Saraswati is also worshiped by many names like Bagishwari, Bhagwati, Sharada, Veenaavadini and Vagdevi.

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Saraswati Puja Mantra

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता।
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना॥
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता।
सा माम् पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥1॥

शुक्लाम् ब्रह्मविचार सार परमाम् आद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीम्।
वीणा-पुस्तक-धारिणीमभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापहाम्‌॥
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकाम् विदधतीम् पद्मासने संस्थिताम्‌।
वन्दे ताम् परमेश्वरीम् भगवतीम् बुद्धिप्रदाम् शारदाम्‌॥2॥

yā kundendutuṣārahāradhavalā yā śubhravastrāvṛtā।
yā vīṇāvaradaṇḍamaṇḍitakarā yā śvetapadmāsanā॥
yā brahmācyuta śaṃkaraprabhṛtibhirdevaiḥ sadā vanditā।
sā mām pātu sarasvatī bhagavatī niḥśeṣajāḍyāpahā॥1॥

śuklām brahmavicāra sāra paramām ādyāṃ jagadvyāpinīm।
vīṇā-pustaka-dhāriṇīmabhayadāṃ jāḍyāndhakārāpahām‌॥
haste sphaṭikamālikām vidadhatīm padmāsane saṃsthitām‌।
vande tām parameśvarīm bhagavatīm buddhipradām śāradām‌॥2॥

Or you can also chant the below mantra to appease the Devi and seek her blessings.

सरस्वती नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणी, विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु में सदा।

sarasvatī namastubhyaṃ varade kāmarūpiṇī, vidyārambhaṃ kariṣyāmi siddhirbhavatu meṃ sadā।

Tradition Of Applying Gulaal

Along with the veneration of Goddess Saraswati on the day of Basant Panchami, worshipping Radhe-Krishna is also described in the scriptures. Actually, Radhe-Krishna is a symbol of love. For the first time on the day of Basant Panchami, Radha-Krishna applied gulal to each other, which is why the tradition of applying gulal on Basant Panchami began.

Happy Basant Panchami & Saraswati Puja To You All!

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