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Basant Panchami: Enjoy the vibrance of spring festival

Basant Panchami: Enjoy the vibrance of spring festival

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Manas Sahoo has built a huge sand sculpture of Goddess Saraswati on the Puri sea beach on occasion of Basant Panchami.

India is the land of festivals and celebrations, from Diwali to Eid, Holi to Onam every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal.

Vasant Panchami, as the name suggests, marks the onset of spring. Goddess Saraswati symbolizes learning, wisdom, intellect, music, art and culture.

With vibrant colors and yellow tinged candies like khichdi and other dishes, the day is about the happiness and the burst of sunshine that fills everyone's life after days of cold and long nights.

Other States: In Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, people worship Shiva and Parvati and offer mango flowers and wheat.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted,"With spring in the air and fresh blooms in the fields, may the festival of Basant Panchami bring vigour and vitality in your life".

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West Bengal: Girls and women dress themselves in yellow traditional attires while men and boys wear clothes mostly in yellow.

The Goddess is invoked and devotees seek blessings in the form of for prosperity, well being and wisdom and knowledge.

On Saraswati Puja, people wear the colour yellow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on today extended greetings to the nation and wished for happier society on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that the occasion will make society happier and even more harmonious. Another folklore is that Lord Rama ate half tasted grapes of Mata Shabari on Basant Panchami.

¬ďTraditionally, Saraswati Puja is believed to be a simple occasion solemnly observed with devotion, where we explore our inner self and rededicate ourselves in the pursuit of knowledge.

In some schools, the events associated the festival have already stated with putting up the new idols of the Goddess.


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