The Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day of the Bengali month of "Maagh" each year when the Hindus worship Goddess Saraswati to mark the coming of spring, reports BSS
The Hindu community is all set to celebrate Saraswati Puja, worshiping the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture, across the country today like elsewhere in the world amid much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervour.
The Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day of the Bengali month of "Maagh" each year when the Hindus worship Goddess Saraswati to mark the coming of spring, reports BSS.
Traditionally, children are introduced to education and learning on the day of Saraswati Puja and this ritual is called “Hatekhori”. Toddlers are usually given a slate and chalk to scribble with on the auspicious day.
Major Hindu temples, schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions stage the festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervour.
The students in particular seek blessings of goddess Saraswati in their pursuit of knowledge, art, music and culture.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, yesterday greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of the Saraswati Puja.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee also issued a press release greeting all members of the Hindu community on the eve of Saraswati Puja.
In most temples, houses and educational institutions, the Puja will begin in the morning followed by offering of “anjali”. Then the children will be imparted “hatekhori” (introduction to learning) and later prashad (foodstuff devoted to the goddess) will be distributed among the devotees.
According to Hindu faith, goddess Saraswati represents power, creativity and inspiration and presents herself when the weather is pleasant and nature is in its full grandeur.
Depicted as a graceful goddess with a crescent moon adorning her brow, she is shown riding a swan or a peacock, or is seated on a lotus flower.