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2023 Saraswati Puja Vidhi and Sarswati Puja Vrat Katha

Saraswati Puja: Praying For Knowledge And Wisdom
Bengalis are known for their artistic and literary brains. Do you what is their secret behind their God sent talent? They are die-hard believers of Goddess Saraswati. That's why West Bengal celebrates Saraswati Puja magnificently.
Saraswati Puja Vidhi and Sarswati Puja Vrat Katha
It is celebrated on 'Vasant Panchami' day, which falls during the last week of January or early February. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the fifth day of the lunar month of Magha. At this time of the year, the colors of the spring season are heralded. It is also called as 'Saraswati Day' because, it is believed that she was born on this day.

Who is Goddess Saraswati?

In Hindu mythology, every Goddess is symbolic. Each one of them is worshipped with full devotion. While Goddess Durga and Lakshmi represent 'strength' and 'wealth' respectively, it is Goddess Saraswati who is responsible for helping us to seek knowledge and wisdom successfully.

Goddess Saraswati—is the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge. She is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. She is a consort of Lord Brahma. She endows human beings with powers of speech. She has four hands reflecting her different personas.

A graceful woman, she is always attired in her pure white sari. She rides on a white swan and plays the veena—an Indian stringed instrument. Her divine personality symbolizes purity, knowledge and discrimination.

How Saraswati Puja is Celebrated?

The colorful aspect of 'Saraswati Puja' is that the color 'Yellow' is given due importance. On this day, Saraswati is clothed in 'yellow' as it signifies the onset of spring which mustard flowers blossom all over the fields.

In West Bengal, all educational institutions and centers of learning are declared as a holiday. Families, young and old, are all decked up in hues of bright yellow for the Saraswati Puja ceremony. Saraswati Puja is an auspicious day for children to start reading and writing the first letters and alphabets. Educational institutes organize special 'Saraswati' prayers with the full preparations and organizing taken care of by the students.

Irrespective of the fact, whether they are religious or not, everyone participates in the hope of excelling in their examinations. Students place their books before the deity. They do not read or write on that day. Young school going girls are clad in their 'yellow' colored sarees' and put 'Alta' on their feet and go to school.

 It commences at a time when the weather is cool and pleasant. 'Palash' flowers and wild berries are an essential ingredient of Saraswati Puja. A relatively simpler ritual, this puja is performed with the help of sandalwood, ghee, joss sticks, and incense. The Puja is done with the loud sound of shlokas, conch shells, and drums. Books, articles, instruments of music and humanities, earthen inkpots, and bamboo quills are placed before her. On this day writing ink is prepared from unboiled milk water, red color powder, and silver glitter.

The children dip their bamboo stick in this ink and write the words, 'Aum Nama Sarswatyai Namah' on her 'ber' leaves to seek Goddess Saraswati's blessings. After the Saraswati Puja, a vegetarian meal is feasted with family and friends. For Bengalis, it is the day of munching their favorite fruit 'Kool', or Plums'—a fruit of springtime. Thereafter, in the evening, the idol is immersed in the sea with serenity, unlike other major festivals.

Saraswati Puja Vidhi : Method of Worship

1. First clean the place where you want to worship the idol
2. After clean the place decorate the place with flower and lights
3. After decoration draw Alpana
4. Now take a Kalash and place chand mala on the kasbah
5.. Place Alta Pata and upanayana on Kalash and offer shanka, pola, Noa on idol.
6. After doing all these offer fruits, Vog, sweets, and water before the idol.
7. And also put tulsi leaves on every food items for god grace
8. Now place books and other study materials before on the idol stage.
9. And light up Pradip and shops before idol
10. Prepare a set of flowers for puspanjali
11. Offer the flowers by one and one by chanting mantras
12. And after this perform aarti
13. Blow shanks and do pranam by chanting mantras.

Saraswati Puja Vrat Katha : Story of Saraswati Puja

After creating the universe, Brahma saw and realized that everything is here but still there is something missing. There are no sounds Whose silence surrounds between lives. Also, there is no knowledge. They felt that this universe was moving forward

There is a great need for knowledge. To give true form to this huge task, Brahma decided to create an avatar of knowledge. Then on the day of Basant Panchami, Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and wisdom, was born from his mouth. There was a sound as soon as they were created.

Thus the universe first heard the voice. A heavy white-colored barley was produced from the mouth of Bramha Ji and turned into a divine woman. This form was that of a Divine woman.

Whose one hand was Veena and the other hand was in Currency. The other two hands had books and garlands. The goddess sweetened the veena as soon as it appeared from the light emanating from the mouth of Bramha Ji, so that all the creatures of the world got the voice. There was an uproar in the water stream. The wind started rustling. Then all the Gods who communicated the word and the rasa, called the goddess "Saraswati", the presiding goddess of speech.

 As soon as they were born, there was a communication of knowledge in the universe. "Knowledge helps a person find the right possibilities in problems." Goddess Saraswati trained Brahma under which Brahma acquired the ability to understand, think, and communicate. He started looking at nature with the eyes of knowledge and thus also saw the beautiful potential present in it. Brahma discovered the beautiful rhythm of the mantras. In this joy, she named Saraswati the goddess of speech and sound of "Vagdevi".

The sound of mantras filled the universe with energy or, say, life. Things started taking shape and the universe acquired a structure. The seasons changed, the seeds sprouted, the plants blossomed, life began on the earth and the rhythm of life found its way.

Thus Lord Brahma became the creator of the world along with Goddess Saraswati.

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