Vasant Panchami festival marks the onset of spring in India, the word ‘Vasant’ denoting spring season. On this day, Hindus worship Goddess Saraswati. She is also the consort of the creator Archetype, Lord Brahma. Goddess Saraswati is the patron deity of knowledge, wisdom, arts, music, science, and technology. She also rules speech. Her blessings are believed to make us wise, intelligent, and creative. The festival celebrates wisdom and love. So this festival is also called Saraswati Panchami, Shri Panchami, and Saraswati Pooja.
Little children are initiated into the world of learning on this day. Vidyarambham, Vidya Praasana, and Akshar Abhyas, are some of the names for this ritual. At many schools and colleges, Saraswati Pooja or Vasanta Panchami Puja is performed to honor the Goddess.
The day is also dedicated to love. For those wishing to get married, the muhurta of Vasant Panchami is believed to be one of the best in the entire year for the marriage ceremony. In fact, it is so auspicious that in many places, community marriages take place, with hundreds of couples tying the knot.
In 2022, Vasant Panchami is on February 5, Saturday.
It is believed that if some things are done on the day of Basant Panchami, it can bring a lot of good fortune to the family. Let us see what they are.
Keep a lotus flower in the Pooja area in your house on the day of Basant Panchami. The lotus is a most auspicious flower in Hinduism. This flower is dear to both Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. So keeping it in the Pooja room or nook will please them immensely. Saraswati is depicted sitting on a white lotus that signifies light, truth, and knowledge.
Peacock feathers are associated with auspiciousness in Hinduism. They can remove negativity. Many people place peacock feathers in their children’s bedroom as they think it is very beneficial, especially if the child is ill and lacks energy. supposedly, the peacock feather will suck away all the negative vibes and restore vitality to the child. If there are any health problems or afflictions in your family, keep the feather in the Pooja room on the day of Basant Panchami to remove the negative energies.
A very auspicious and holy musical instrument, the Veena is a must-have in many traditional Hindu homes. In popular iconography, Goddess Saraswati is shown playing the Veena. It speaks of the importance of art and music. Many believe that having a Veena at home can bring prosperity, good fortune, and wisdom. One can also keep a small model of the Veena at home, in case you cannot get an actual Veena.
A white swan is the vehicle or ‘vaahan’ of Goddess Saraswati. On Basant Panchami, keep a picture or idol of a swan in an area that you and your family members use often. This can bring wisdom, peace, and happiness to your home.
Chant a Mantra
To enhance your luck, you can chant the Mantra below on Vasant Panchami day.
Pratham Bharti Naam Dwitiya Cha Saraswati Tritiya Sharda Devi
Chaturtha Vahini Pancham Jagtikhyata Shashtham Vaagishwari Tatha
Saptam Kumudi Prokta Ashthame Brahmacharini Navam Buddhidatri Cha
Dashamam Vardayini Ekadasham Chandrakanti, Dwadasham
Bhuvaneshwari Dwadashetani Naamani Trisandhya Yah Padenarah
Jihavaagre Vasate Nityam Brahmarupa Saraswati