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Vasant Panchami 2020: Date, Saraswati Puja Time (Muhurat), What To Do

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami (Panchami Tithi) (29th January 2020, Wednesday) is a Vedic festival that honors the divinity of Goddess Saraswati who personifies vidya (learning and knowledge) and dispels tamas (ignorance). On this day Goddess Saraswati is worshipped therefore it is also regarded as Saraswati Panchami

Vasant refers to the season of spring (Jan-Feb) and Panchami refers to the fifth day (Panch meaning ‘five’) of the fortnight in accordance with Hindu calendar. On the fifth day of spring, people celebrate Saraswati Panchami.

‘Saraswati’ is made of Sāra referring to ‘essence’ and Sva referring to ‘self’ as in Svavalambi (self-reliant). It means the essence of one’s self, self-realization. One who worships Goddess Saraswati without any reservations attains Her quality of being self-realized, devoid of tamas (ignorance).Goddess Saraswati is given a special position in the Vedas. She is the goddess of gyaan (knowledge), kala (arts), pragna (wisdom) and shiksha or vidya (learning). She is described in the Rig Veda (2.41.16) as the best of divine mothers अम्बितमे नदीतमे देवितमे सरस्वति | ambitame naditame devitame sarasvati; “O best of divine mothers, we stand insignificant in front of You. O Mother, please bless us!”

In the Vedic stuti dedicated to Saraswati, it is said that she is pure white like the flower Jasmine, sitting on the divine pure white lotus that attracts the gods of swargaloka, siddhaloka, bhuloka and other planets. She is even worshipped and honoured by the Tridevas (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha).

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Importance of Vasant Panchami:

On this day, people according to Vedic customs offer prayers to their family ancestors, serve the Brahmins with food and other religious paraphernalia and teach their kids to write; since Goddess Saraswati is associated with learning.

On this day, people according to Vedic customs offer prayers to their family ancestors, serve the Brahmins with food and other religious paraphernalia and teach their kids to write; since Goddess Saraswati is associated with learning.

Along with Saraswati, Lord Kamadeva is also worshipped as the festival is mainly connected with Shringar Rasa (beauty, erotic romance or love). Lord Kamadeva, his wife Rati and his friend Vasant are all worshipped. Just like Lord Yama personifies death, Lord Rama personifies the best of kings, Chadra Deva (the Moon god) personifies Moon, Vasant personifies spring.

  • On this day the goddess of learning Saraswati is worshiped. In the Vedic literature, she represents wisdom, fine arts and goodness.
  • People offer prayers to Goddess Saraswati who burns down three maligns such as laziness, apathy and ignorance (tamas).
  • As per Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Goddess Saraswati was blessed by Lord Vishnu to be worshipped by the Brahmins, the learned, the vaidya (doctor), the innocent (children) and the inquisitive (one who searches for knowledge).
  • Vedic astrologers regard it as abujha time; highly auspicious day for any personal or professional wok.
  • Educational institutions such as school celebrate it by performing Saraswati Puja wherein students participate and sing devotional songs dedicated to the goddess.

Vasant Panchami 2020: Saraswati Puja Timing (Muhurat)

Worshiping Goddess Saraswati at Home: Anyone with a clear mind and pure heart can worship Saraswati on this day. The beauty of Vedic culture is that benefits gained through the rites and rituals performed by the priests and Brahmins can be gained through the personal worship by an individual.

  • After taking bath in the morning, you can worship Lord Ganesha, Lord Surya (sun) and the Tridevas.
  • Once it is done, you then can worship Goddess Saraswati with Gayatri Mantra and Saraswati Stuti.
  • A simple diya (ghee lamp), incense sticks (agarbatti) and some yellow flowers are enough to worship her.
  • Yellow is an important color in Vedic (Hindu) customs for it epitomises learning, mental strength, mediation and peace (all connected with the mind).
Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Panchami Auspicious Time (tithi) February 9, Saturday 12:25 PM  
Saraswati Puja Timing (Muhurata) February 10, Sunday 07:13 AM 12:52 PM
Panchami Auspicious Time (tithi) February 10, Sunday   02:08 PM

Article Written by Neeta Singhal

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