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Vasant panchami saraswathi devi birthday!

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The festival of Vasant Panchami is celebrated on fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Magh Mas.In this year, the festival will be celebrated on 08th February 2011. It is considered as the birthday of saraswathi Devi.

Goddess Saraswati is the mother of wisdom and music. She is a magnificent, light skinned woman who wears a pure white dress. Saraswati rides on a swan. She is often seated on the white lotus. A lotus represents her experienced of complete truth. Her white dress
signifies the transparency of real knowledge. She also related with yellow color.

This festival is the festival of king of seasons. This festival is especially significant for lovers of art and education. She is the goddess of wisdom, art and music and gave human beings the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. She is represented pictorially with four hands (representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind power, intellect, attentiveness and self worth).

She holds sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus (symbol of true knowledge) in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a stringed instrument called the veena. She usually wears white, symbolising purity, and rides a white swan that symbolises purity and discrimination.Her swan signifies that people should have the ability to discern the good from the bad. The goddess Sarasvati, sitting on a lotus, symbolizes her wisdom. She is also well-versed in the experience of truth. When the goddess is seen sitting on a peacock, it is a reminder that a strong ego can be held back by wisdom.

Out of all six seasons, spring season is the most adorable. On this day, apart from Goddess Saraswati, Lord Vishnu Kamdev and God Krishna-Radha are also worshiped. Saraswati is the group of Lord Brahma and is the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge. She is the personification of knowledge - science, arts, and crafts. She represents Shakti, inspiration and presents herself when the weather is complacent and Nature is in its full grandeur. It is a season of inspiration and passion.

On this day Goddess of education Mata Saraswati is worshiped with yellow flowers, water offerings, incense, lamp etc. In the Puja, as per the tradition, yellow and sweet rice and yellow colored Halwa is offered to God and then eaten as Prasadam. Children are taught their first words on this day (as an auspicious beginning to learning). Schools, colleges etc., (places of learning) organise special worship of Saraswathi. With Her grace, the mute, it is believed, have been able to speak and people have been blessed with the ability to write or compose poems. On this day apart from the Musicians Instrumentalists also will perform puja, as this is a special day for them. Apart from art and culture, Goddess Saraswathi also showers her blessings for the education of children.
Sarasvathi Namastubhyam, Varade Kaamaroopini
Vidyaarambham Karishyaami, Siddhir Bhavatu Mey Sada

Translation: Saraswathi is the provider of boons and the she is the one that grants all our desires. As I begin my studies, I bow to the goddess to help me in making it fruitful and make me successful in all my efforts.

This prayer is chanted before beginning a class or at the beginning of one’s studies so that all learning may resolve in knowledge alone. It is addresses to Goddess Saraswathi, who symbolizes all forms of knowledge, including the knowledge of the performing arts. Knowledge is a fundamental pursuit of human life, and a life of study and learning provides nourishment and discipline to the human intellect. In the Vedic culture, study is considered one’s duty.
There is an ancient temple for Goddess Saraswathi in Madhya Pradesh.This temple is opened only on this sacred day.Hindus in large number come to worship on this day.A few years before this sacred day fell on a Friday. Muslim invaders succeeded in establishing a Mosque in the premises of the temple at a later date..Muslims numbering about 20 persons come to this mosque for prayers.The District Collector had allotted time for Hindus toworship in the Temple from morning till 2 pm in the afternoon and for the Muslims after 2 pm.Thousands of Hindus assembled there could not complete
worship by 2pm.The collector ordered them to disperse as the time for worship was over and the crowd was dispersed after lathicharge.
The entire event was broadcast in NDTV and it was pathetic to see innocent villagers being hit.
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