Basant Panchami 2024: why is it significant?

Basant Panchami, popular as Saraswati puja, is a festival honoring the Goddess Saraswati. Yellow has special significance on this Auspicious day.

Basant Panchami


14 February is typically known as Valentine’s Day. Which is a mix of celebration and controversies. Most people criticize saying it is Western influence. But this 14 February people have something special apart from just Valentine’s Day: Basant Panchami. Yes, today people will celebrate religious traditions and secular romantic love both in a day (Read our Valentine’s Day blog). Most people have little to no knowledge about Vasant Panchami, This auspicious festival holds an important place in our tradition. Let’s explore why it is significant.

Saraswati pooja is popular name of Vasant Panchami. Different regions of people call it differently. Saraswati puja is celebrated by Hindus every year to honour the Goddess Saraswati, Who is regarded as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, music and arts.

In Hindu tradition, the spring season begins with Basant Panchami Day. It is celebrated on Panchami Tithi of Shukla Paksha in the month of Magha. Devotees worship Saraswati as a blessing. Saraswati was a central figure in Hindu mythology and she is thought to have played a role in the creation of the world and universe.

The festival also honours Kama, who is the god of love, who is believed to have halted Lord Shiva’s deep meditation after his wife Sati died. The other interesting thing about Basant panchami is the Yellow colour. People wear yellow clothes on Saraswati Puja to worship the goddess. You might say what is so special about the yellow colour in Basant panchami? The colour yellow has special significance because it stands for the warmth of spring, crop ripening and flower blooming.

Just like other religious festive days, people get up early in the morning. In the puja, Flowers and sweets are given to the maa Saraswati, and prayers and mantras are sung in her place of honour.

Saraswati Puja 2024 Date and Muhurat. The auspicious timings for Basant Panchami 2024 are as follows:

Vasant Panchami Muhurat, 07:01 AM to 12:35 PM.

Vasant Panchami Madhyahna. Moment – 12:35 PM.

Panchami Tithi Begins at 02:41 PM on February 13, 2024.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion people like to –

  • Dress in yellow to represent spring’s vibrant colours and blooming mustard fields.
  • Goddess Saraswati is said to love the colour yellow. Decorate with yellow flowers.
  • To perform Saraswati Puja, set up a small worship area at home.

    → Place a clean cloth over an image or idol of the Goddess Saraswati.
    → As a mark of respect, present flowers, incense, fruits, and sweets.
    → Light a diya and recite Saraswati mantras or shlokas.

  • Express gratitude for nature by reflecting on its deep connection to human life.

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FAQ

1. What is Saraswati Puja?

A. Saraswati Puja, also known as Vasant Panchami, is a Hindu festival that honors the Goddess Saraswati. It is celebrated on the Panchami Tithi (fifth day) of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu calendar month of Magha.

2. How is Saraswati Puja celebrated?

A. Saraswati Puja is typically celebrated by setting up a small worship area at home. A clean cloth is placed over an image or idol of Goddess Saraswati, and offerings like flowers, incense, fruits, and sweets are presented. Devotees wear yellow clothes and recite Saraswati mantras or shlokas to seek the blessings of the goddess.

3. Why is yellow significant on Basant Panchami?

A. Yellow holds special significance on Basant Panchami because it represents the warmth of spring, the ripening of crops, and the blooming of flowers. It is also the color associated with Goddess Saraswati, symbolizing auspiciousness and knowledge.

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