What is the story of Saraswati Puja?
Saraswati is a Hindu Goddess of knowledge and education. She is also a symbol of wisdom and music. A white saree is her iconic dress. Also, she sits on a white lotus with a veena in her hand. Besides, she keeps a swan by her side. There are many mythological stories of Saraswati.
- As per Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma created the universe. After creating the universe, he did not know how to organize it. So, he needed to get the knowledge to do his task. So, he created the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. She was Saraswati. The goddess helped him create and order the cosmic universe. Thus, the goddess became his Shakti (power). Then Lord Bramha named her Vagdevi which means the goddess of speech and sound. Thus, the people of India believe the Vasant Panchami day to be the birthday of the goddess. So, they celebrate Vasant Panchami Saraswati Puja every year.
- There is another story of Saraswati Devi. It talks about her marriage to Lord Brahma. It says that Lord Vishnu was Saraswati’s first husband. He had three wives. So, he decided to give Saraswati to Lord Brahma. One day, Saraswati was late in attending a ritual. This made her husband Brahma angry. So, he created another wife Gayatri to complete the ritual. Then Saraswati became angry and cursed Brahma that no one would ever worship him. Therefore, no temple or deity of Lord Brahma is there in the world.
Why is Saraswati Puja celebrated?
Vasant Panchami Saraswati Puja is vital to the students. Also, musicians and professionals take this to be important. Students believe that Goddess Saraswati will give them the knowledge to pass their exams. So, they keep their books and other study materials near the idol of Goddess Saraswati. Also, the singers and musicians pray to the goddess to become successful in the field of music. Moreover, artists and working professionals also pray for wisdom and happiness. Therefore, students celebrate SaraswatiPuja in schools and colleges.
Saraswati Puja in Kolkata is important for one more reason. There is a ritual of letting small babies write their first word. They do it on a slate with chalk. This marks the beginning of their educational journey. This ritual is done with the help of the priest. People call it Hatekhari in Bengali. People in Odisha call it Khadi-Chuan.
Where is Saraswati Puja celebrated?
Vasant Panchami Saraswati Puja is celebrated in the eastern regions of India. Also, it is famous even in and north-eastern states of India. Saraswati Puja in Kolkata is famous all over India. Also, the people of Assam, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha worship Goddess Saraswati on Vasant Panchami. Besides, it is the day for the preparation of the festival Holi in north India. So, Vasant Panchami in north India is a time for celebration. Also, people in Rajasthan and Punjab celebrate Vasant Panchami. Besides, Nepal and Bangladesh also celebrate Vasant Panchami Saraswati Puja.