30 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Saraswati Puja is celebrated on Basant Panchami and marks the beginning of the spring season. The goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Saraswati, is worshipped on this day.
Apart from Odisha it is a popular festival in neighbouring West Bengal, and North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Saraswati was known to have been incarnated on the day of Basant Panchami and people observe the day praying to her in order to gain wisdom. Another popular folklore is that Lord Rama had consumed half-tasted grapes of Mata Shabari on the occasion of Basant Panchami. To commemorate these beliefs, Basant Panchami festival is celebrated by Hindus.
On this day, children worship Goddess Saraswati, who is the deity of music, culture and learning. The Saraswati Puja is also referred as "no study day" for them. Students place their books, pens and musical instruments beside the idol for the entire day and seek Goddess Saraswati’s blessings.
Various educational institutions celebrate the day with the idol of the Goddess in beautifully decorated pandals. It is a day of festivity, celebration followed by good food for the kids.