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Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja in 2010 is on Wednesday, the 20th of January.

Saraswati Puja is also known as Vasant Panchami. It is a Hindu festival for celebrating the first day of spring, the time when the crops, especially the mustard crop, are golden yellow in India.A time when the fresh growing life is ready to explode in the countryside.Yellow is consided to be the most positive color in the Hindu faith.The color represents spirituality in different ways and levels. The festival is celebrated in late january or early february, which according to the Hindu lunar calendar, corressponds to the fifth day of the month of Magha.

Vasant Panchami is to Saraswati as Diwali, festival of light, is to lakshmi the goddess of wealth and Navratri is to Durga the goddess of strength and power.Sarawati is the goddess of knowledge and learning, representing the free flow of consciousnessand wisdom.Chants to Saraswati begin and end Vedic lessons as she is the mother of vedas.These chants are called the Saraswati vandanas.

Saraswati is also the goddess of art and music.As the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga, she is beleived to give the power of of speech, wisdom and learning to human beings.. The human personality in learnings are described by her four hands with each representing mind, intellect, alertness and ego. Lotus — the symbol of true knowledge — is held by her one hand and the sacred scriptures by the second. With the other two hands she holds a string instrument called the veena, playing the music of love and life. The goddess saraswati is dressed in white, symbolizing purity She rides on a white swan. The swan represents Sattwa Guna which means purity and discrimination..



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