Vasant Panchami is also popularly known as ‘Saraswati Panchami’ or ‘Shri Panchami’. The colour yellow is strongly associated with Basant Panchami, representing the fields of mustard which a common sight in the Punjab and Haryana areas at this time of year. On this day people worship Devi Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, arts and music, with complete devotion and gaiety. On this day special prayers are organized at the schools and kids often wear yellow color to celebrate the festival, as Vasant means spring.
The yellow color is a symbol of spring that’s why people wear yellow color clothes to welcome the spring. Yellow colored desserts are also made for this festival to offer to the goddess. Vasant Panchami is the name given to a medley of festivals celebrated in India.
It is celebrated as a Hindu festival where devotees pay homage to the Goddess of learning, Saraswati and is known by the name of “Shree Panchami” in Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. It is observed as a Sikh festival in gurudwaras and known as the “Basant festival of kites” in Punjab. It is popularly celebrated as the Sufi Basant festival by the Sufi Muslims. It is commemorated as the festival of harvest in Bihar.
Basant Panchami marks the onset of the Spring season and is dedicated to Saraswati Maa, Goddess of Knowledge and Learning. It is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in the northern, western and central parts of the country. Hindus in Nepal also observe this festival with much vigour.
Astrologers find the day of Vasant Panchami as Abujha or immensely auspicious. So, Saraswati Puja can be performed at any time of the day. Although, there is no specific Muhurat to perform the Puja it is advisable that Saraswati Vandana is done when Panchami tithi is prevalent and also during Purvahna Kaal, as it is not necessary that Panchami tithi prevails during the entire day.
Basant Panchami Puja Muhurat 2019 = 07:07 to 12:35
Duration = 5 Hours 27 Mins
Panchami Tithi Begins = 12:24 on 09-Feb-2019
Panchami Tithi Ends on = 14:08 on 10-Feb-2019
Vasant Panchami is also popularly known as ‘Saraswati Panchami’ or ‘Shri Panchami’. The colour yellow is strongly associated with Basant Panchami.