New Delhi: The auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami falls this year on January 29. The day holds significance as it marks the arrival of the early spring season. On this festival, devotees pray to goddess Saraswati for blessing them and their families with knowledge and wisdom.
Our country is home diverse cultures and traditions, the festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated differently pan India. On Vasant Panchami, Goddess Saraswati is invoked and devotees rush to her temples for prayers.
Rituals begin from early morning and devotees dressed in their traditional best start their day with prayers to the goddess. Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, arts, music, wisdom and performing arts.
Many followers throng Saraswati temples, play music and chant her name the whole day. It also happens to be the day when parents introduce letters to their children. They initiate them into writing letters of alphabet or study together. This is also known as Akshar Abhyasam or Vidyaarambham (meaning initiation of education).
To attain the abundant blessings of Maa Saraswati, you can chant these mantras dedicated to the Goddess of Knowledge and wisdom.
Saraswati Shloka is as follows:
Siddhir Bhavatu Me Sadaa
Saraswati Gayatri Mantra:
ॐ ऐं वाग्देव्यै विद्महे कामराजाय धीमहि। तन्नो देवी प्रचोदयात्॥
Om Aim Vagdevyai Vidmahe Kamarajaya Dhimahi।
Tanno Devi Prachodayat॥
ॐ अर्हं मुख कमल वासिनी पापात्म क्षयम्कारी
वद वद वाग्वादिनी सरस्वती ऐं ह्रीं नमः स्वाहा॥
Om Arham Mukha Kamala Vasini Papatma Kshayamkari
Vad Vad Vagvadini Saraswati Aim Hreem Namah Svaha॥
ॐ ऐं महासरस्वत्यै नमः॥
Om Aim Mahasarasvatyai Namah॥
ॐ ऐं नमः॥
Om Aim Namah॥
ॐ ऐं क्लीं सौः॥
Om Aim Kleem Sauh॥
Here's wishing our readers a very happy Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja!