Vasantpanchmi- day to warship Ma  Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge)

India, known as the land of festivals .when we talk about Indian festivals we cannot forget important one, Vasantpanchmi. Vasantpanchmi is religious festival of Hindu religion’s the name symbolizes it falls in the beginning of the vasant season(ritu) .according to the Hindu calendar this festival is celebrated every year in the magh month or February at the panchmi tithi.

The occasion of is celebrated with the worship of ma Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art so the festival is also known as Saraswati Puja.

Mythological aspect of Saraswati puja is associated to the Indian poet Kalidas. Kalidas was married to the beautiful princess who thought him as wise man but when she realized him as foolish person, she kicked him out. After this incident, depressed kalidas went to commit suicide in river. Where goddess saraswati emerged from water and asked him to take a dip in the water. After taking dip in holy water,  Kalidas became knowledgeable person and start poetry. Kalidas becomes very popular poet as we know him.

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Yellow color plays an important role in the celebration; it is associated with the bloom of mustard flower during this period. It looks like the earth covered with yellow blanket. People wear yellow garments and warship goddess Saraswati and distribute sweets or Prasad. Yellow colour, is also used in decoration of home and temples. The yellow and white colour associated with festival symbolizes the purity, peace and knowledge.

Traditions associated with Vasantpanchmi

  • Saraswati Puja
  • Havans and arti
  • Preparation and distribution of Prasad
  • Wearing yellow garments
  • Kite flying
  • Offering food to Brahmins  and poor peoples
  • Pitra tarpan
  • Special prayers are organized in educational institutions
  • Young children’s  start learning from this day

 

Vasantpanchmi Rangoli Designs

Rangoli plays an important part in the Indian festivals. Rangoli designs are also prepared to decorate home, temples, and other space. People make rangoli on their home entrance and pujasthal to welcome the goddess.  At this day, Natural colours and materials are used for rangoli but yellow colour has special preference, yellow and white flowers were used in the decoration and Dias for the lighting, as it is a symbol of knowledge.

Rangoli Design Sample

I hope these designs help you in making rangoli to decorate your home.

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