Vasant Panchami 2020 is falling on 29th January. Vasant Panchami is a very popular Indian festival and is often called Basant Panchami, which is celebrated as per the Hindu calendar month of “Magha” which falls at the end of the January month or beginning of the February month as per the Gregorian calendar. This also marks the arrival of the spring season, and later followed by Holika Dahan, and Holi, which falls after approx. 40 days. 40 days is the transition time for a season and after this epoch, all seasons are at full bliss. The festival of Vasant Panchami is also known as Saraswati Puja. It is one of the festivals, which has a lot of relevance in Hindu religion, this festival spreads a sense of gratitude towards nature for blessings us with treasures in the form of food and other natural resources we need to survive.
Entire Hindu communities celebrate Vasant Panchami widely in north India. This festival has a lot of relevance for the Indian farmers in a few states and parts of Nepal. Punjab celebrated with kite flying which is also followed by marking the beginning of the festival of colours “Holi.” In southern states, people call it Sri Panchami. It is also known as "Hari Raya Saraswati" (or great day of Saraswati) on the Bali islands and amongst the Indonesian Hindus.
Vasant is also the beginning of the most loved and the best of all seasons often referred to as the King of the season ‘Spring’. The way it is celebrated completely depends on the region. Festival 0f Vasant Panchami is dedicated to the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Music Goddess Saraswati who symbolizes all the positive energy and creative energy also including propensity and Kama (Love). Vasant Panchami festival also marks a celebration for the ripening of yields. People dress in yellow dresses often clubbed with different accessories, sweets are also distributed. Some cook yellow rice adding saffron as part of the fest. Around India, on this day goddess, Sarawati’s idol is beautiful dresses and oil lamps are lit up followed by Saraswati Vandana or Saraswati Puja (prayer for Goddess Saraswati). This festival not only has its roots in India but also in Pakistan as kite flying competition was held, from centuries before the partition of India and Pakistan. This also helps and supports many local kite making industries all over central Punjab, which helps thousands of families. India’s unity in diversity can be seen in this festival as people from different religions celebrate this beautiful festival of Vasant Panchami.
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This is one festival that is celebrated not just by India alone but also by neighbouring countries, this festival in totality symbolizes harmony peace love and prosperity. Vasant Panchami is one of those festivals which is celebrated to appreciate all the blessings we have received from nature, and celebrate the greatest key to humanity the power to every source of energy the knowledge itself. Students on this day usually feel motivated energized as they worship the Goddess of knowledge which has the most significant space in the life of any students, music which let humans explore other dimensions within is considering being a blessing from Goddess Saraswati. Here is Saraswati Stotram which is mostly recited during Saraswati Puja 2020 on the day of Vasant Panchami.
या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता।
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना॥
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता।
सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥१॥
शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं।
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम्।
वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्॥२॥
Time of Vasant Panchami Madhyahna: 12:34 PM
Panchami Tithi Begins: From 10:45 AM on January 29th ’2020
Panchami Tithi Ends: At 01:19 PM on Jan 30th ’2020
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