Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja being celebrated in different parts of the country today.
President Kovind extends greeting on Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja.
According to Hindu beliefs, it is believed that on this day Goddess Durga gave birth to Goddess Saraswati.who is considered the goddess of knowledge, art and music.
On this day, sheaf of grain from the new harvest are offered to the Deity at home and later cooked.
Varanasi: People take holy dip in river Ganga on #BasantPanchami today.
Since the Deity Saraswati was created on this day, She too is worshipped. Similarly, it is also considered as the birthday of the Deity Lakshmi. Hence, this day is also called ‘Shripanchami.’
The color Yellow is considered to be of special importance on the day. The festival marks the harvest time of mustard crops that have yellow blooms, which is Goddess Saraswati’s favourite colour as well. Moreover, it is also the start of spring season when new leaves, flowers and buds start blooming on trees and plants. So with the yellow earth people welcome Basant Panchami by wearing yellow clothes. Adding to these another reason is that on this festival the sun is Uttarayan and its yellow rays symbolize that everyone should become serious and sharp like the sun.