Vasant Panchami 2022 | Famous Hindu Festival
Vasant Panchami has a special significance in Hinduism. Saraswati Mata is mainly worshipped on this day. The fifth day of Magh month is celebrated as Vasant Panchami. On this day Saraswati Maa is worshipped wearing yellow clothes with full rituals. This year the festival of Vasant Panchami will be celebrated on 05 February. This festival is mainly celebrated by the students. Worshipping the mother Saraswati as the goddess of learning has special significance.
The pure Hindi name of this festival is ‘Vasant Panchami’, but in most places, it is called Basant Panchami in common language, due to which this name became more popular. Apart from this, Vasant Panchami is also known as Sri Panchami and Saraswati Puja. Goddess Saraswati is considered to be the goddess of learning and it is said that worshipping Saraswati Maa leads to success in the field of learning.
Why is Vasant Panchami celebrated?:-
The significance of Vasant Panchami is different for different communities and because of this people celebrate Vasant Panchami for different reasons. Scholars and art lovers worship Mata Saraswati on this day. Spring season is considered to be the best time for students to study, and students worship Mata Saraswati on Vasant Panchami and wishes are made for auspicious results in the annual examinations.
Just as Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Diwali and Lord Krishna is worshipped on Krishna Janmashtami, in the same way, the festival of Vasant Panchami is dedicated to Mother Saraswati. Mainly this festival is celebrated for the purpose of worshipping Saraswati and wishing Mother Saraswati to move us forward in the field of knowledge and arts.
Significance of Vasant Panchami:-
Vasant Panchami is considered to be the beginning of the spring season. According to Indian beliefs, from the day of Vasant Panchami, the severe winters begin to subside and a conducive environment for studying starts. The Spring season is considered to be the best of the 6 seasons found in India because, with the arrival of spring, a new zeal starts in nature. With the arrival of the spring season, not only humans but also animals & birds get coloured with joy and happiness. The spring season is considered dedicated to nature because, in the spring new leaves start coming on the trees and buds start coming in the plants, which go ahead and become beautiful flowers and odour the surrounding environment.
This day is more than all the festivals of the year for the artists and for the scholars. On this day, Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of art and learning) is worshipped and wishes are made for our progress in the field of knowledge and art. It is said that the importance of Diwali for shopkeepers and businessmen is as much as that of Vasant Panchami for artists and scholars. Apart from this, many other beliefs are also in vogue regarding Vasant Panchami. It is said that on the day of Vasant Panchami, Shri Ram had come to the house of a Bhilani named Shabri and had eaten his false plum.
Shabari had blissful devotion towards Shri Ram and because of this Shri Ram also accepted his false plums with love. Shabari’s Ashram is still present in the Dang district of Gujarat and there is also a temple of Shabari Mata. On the day of Vasant Panchami, the temple is crowded with devotees.
How to celebrate Vasant Panchami?:-
Basant Panchami is known as Saraswati Puja. In Hinduism, the education process of children is started on this day by writing the first letter. Saraswati Puja is organized on this day in all schools and educational institutions. Puja pandals are made in the streets and neighbourhoods. The idol of Saraswati Mata is installed. Teachers, students and all people worship Goddess Saraswati with reverence. In worship, by placing all the material for reading, writing, like a notebook, pen-pencil, and books, they take blessings by placing them at the feet of the mother. And wish for wisdom and knowledge. After fasting, everyone takes prasad and eats food only after retiring from worship. People take prasad while visiting the puja pandals. Children especially show enthusiasm. In some places, children make arrangements for entertainment in the evening. Debates, music-dance competitions are organized. On the second day, this festival is concluded by worshipping the idol and immersing it in water.
When is Vasant Panchami in 2022?:-
On the occasion of Basant Panchami, we have seen a special celebration by the devotees in India. According to the Hindu Panchang, Vasant Panchami is falling on 05th February 2022.
Vasant Panchami Puja Method:-
- On this day, after taking the first bath etc., first of all, offer yellow-coloured clothes to the idol or statue of Goddess Saraswati.
- Offer Roli, Akshat, turmeric, sandalwood, saffron, yellow or white coloured flowers, yellow sweets to Maa Saraswati.
- Keep musical instruments and notebooks, pen-pencils, books at the place of worship, and worship the mother.
- Offer yellow flowers, food, and yellow sweets mainly to Maa Saraswati.
Vasant Panchami Mythological and Historical Story:-
Many stories are prevalent for the day of Basant Panchami. According to a legend, when Brahma had created the universe, there was silence all around the earth. Brahma Ji created Maa Saraswati by spraying a drop of water from his Kamandal. In this way, Saraswati Ji was called the daughter of Brahmaji. With the birth of Maa Saraswati, she had a Veena, book and ornaments in her arms. When Mata Saraswati was requested to play the Veena, as soon as she started playing the Veena. The earth vibrated with the sound of the veena and the desolation of the earth ended. It was because of these voices that humans got speech. The elements necessary for the consciousness of the earth were created by Maa Saraswati.
According to another popular story, when Lord Shri Ram had reached Dandakaranya in search of Sita Mata. Then on the day of Basant Panchami, he gave the message of unity in the society by eating Shabri’s plum.
Why is Shiva worshipped on Vasant Panchami?
On the day of Vasant Panchami, Shiva gave a boon to Mother Parvati to be the goddess of wealth and prosperity. This is the reason why Parvati’s mind is also called Neel Saraswati. On this day, along with Mother Saraswati, Lord Shiva is also worshipped.