When Is Saraswati Puja In 2023

When Is Saraswati Puja In 2023

Where is Saraswati Puja 2023?

In the year 2023, Saraswati Puja will be celebrated on Thursday, 26 th of January. On January 25, Panchami Tithi starts at 12:34 PM and will end at 10:28 AM on 26th January 2023.

How to get ready for Saraswati Puja?

Download Article Download Article Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of all learning and art forms. Saraswati is often worshipped by students, professionals, artists, and musicians seeking artistic and technical skills, academic strengths, wisdom, and good health. The Saraswati puja is performed on the Hindu holidays Vasant Panchami and Navratri, and you can perform a Saraswati puja in your home any time you want to call on Goddess Saraswati.

  1. 1 Wake up between 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. When performing the Saraswati puja at home, waking up early in the day is traditional practice. You can set an alarm for 5:00 – 8:00 a.m., or you can wake up when the sunshine comes through your window.
    • Give yourself at least 1 hour to complete the ritual, though some people spend longer.
  2. 2 Rub a paste made of neem and turmeric over all of your body. To make the paste, soak 20 or so neem leaves in hot water until they are soft, strain the leaves, and then grind the leaves with a mortar and pestle. Then, pour in about ¼ teaspoon (1.23 g) of ground turmeric into the mortar and pestle. Grind up the paste, then rub a thin, even layer over your face, chest, arms, torso, and legs.
    • This paste is believed to have therapeutic and medicinal effects. For example, neem and turmeric paste works great to treat acne and maintain healthy skin.
    • Make more paste as needed.


  3. 3 Soak in a bath with neem and tulsi leaves. After you’ve applied the neem and turmeric paste over your body, fill up your bathtub with warm water, and sprinkle 1–3 grams (0.035–0.11 oz) of both neem and tulsi leaves into the water. Soak in the tub for 15-30 minutes, and scrub off the neem and turmeric paste.
    • The bath purifies the body and protects you against infection.
  4. 4 Wear white or yellow colored clothing. After your bath, it is custom to dress in these hues to perform the puja. You can wear a pair of pants, a skirt, a blouse, or a dress in these hues.
    • Typically, those performing the puja dress in 1 of these colors, rather than dressing with some hues of both. For example, you may dress head-to-toe in white linens or you may adorn yourself in yellow clothing.
    • Yellow is the color of knowledge and learning in Hinduism.
    • White represents purity, peace, and knowledge.
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  1. 1 Clean your home the day before you perform the Saraswati puja. Before you perform the puja, clean your house thoroughly. Tidy up your spaces, and in particular, arrange all of your books upright on your shelves. Use a natural cleaning product like castile soap, vinegar solution, or essential oil to clean your tools, computer, and laptop.
    • If you can’t clean the day before, do this after you purify yourself.
    • If you are performing the puja as part of your Navratri celebration, everything must be cleaned by the 8th day of Navratri.
    • If you can’t use natural cleaning products, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. Natural cleaning products are safer for the environment and more pleasing to Goddess Saraswati than harsh chemicals.
    • Since Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, it is suggested that she appreciates arranging your library properly.
  2. 2 Lay a white cloth on a raised platform and place your idol on top. This is the base of your altar. You can use any piece of white fabric, such as silk or linen. Smooth out the cloth with your hand so there are no folds or wrinkles. Then, place your idol of Goddess Saraswati in the center.
    • You can use a small table as your raised platform, for example.
    • Statues or figures of Saraswati are commonly used as the idol.
    • If you don’t have a statue, you can use a photograph.
  3. 3 Place an idol of Lord Ganesha beside Goddess Saraswati. In addition to worshipping Saraswati, Ganesha is often idolized as well during the at-home puja. Ganesha is the God of beginnings, and he is often honored at the beginning of ceremonies. After you’ve placed your idol of Saraswati, place an idol of Ganesha by her side.
    • Ganesha is also celebrated as the remover of obstacles and the patron of arts and sciences.
  4. 4 Decorate your platform with turmeric, kumkum, rice, and flowers. Sprinkle these ingredients around both idol figures. You can use your fingers to spread the rice, garlands, and flowers, and you can use a spoon to include the turmeric and kumkum. Use flowers in colors like white, yellow, red, blue, and green.
    • In addition, you can place these items in small bowls and place them around your idol.
    • These ingredients are commonly used to invoke Saraswati.
    • Each color has a particular meaning in the Hindu faith. For example, red is the color of celebration and power. Yellow represents knowledge and wisdom. Green stabilizes the mind. White embodies purity, peace, and wisdom. Finally, blue represents nature, bravery, depth, and power.
  5. 5 Place books, musical instruments, and art supplies near the altar. Since Goddess Saraswati is affiliated with learning and art, it is custom to adorn the idol space with scholarly and artistic items. You can place these underneath the table or nearby the idols.
    • You can also include journals, pens, ink, and paint brushes, for example.
  6. 6 Fill the kalash, add mango leaves, and place a betel leaf on top. A kalash is a brass or copper pot with a large base and small mouth often used in Hindu rituals. Place the kalash on your platform, and fill it up with water. Place a sprig with at least 5 mango leaves inside the pot. Then, drape a betel leaf over top of the opening.
    • The kalash represents creation.
    • The mango leaves are said to act as the deity’s seat during the ritual, and the water keeps the seat pure.
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  1. 1 Chant the Saraswati puja mantra to invoke Goddess Saraswati. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, say the mantra: “Yaa kundendu tushaaradhawala, yaa shubhra vastravrutha, yaa veena varadanda manditakara yaa shweta padmasanaa. Yaa brahmachyuta shankara prabhrutibhi devai sadaa vandita, saa maama pathu saraswati bhagavati nishshesha, jadyapaha. Aum saraswathyae namah, dhyanartham, pushpam samarpayami.”
  2. 2 Light a small lamp and incense sticks in front of the idols. Place a lamp in front of the raised platform, and place an incense burner next to it. Using a lighter or match, light both the lamp and the incense.
    • If using an oil lamp, handle the lamp with care to avoid starting a fire.
    • The light from the lamp protects you during the invocation, and the incense is an offering to Saraswati.
  3. 3 Offer Goddess Saraswati prasad in the form of sweets and fruits. Prasad is a typical religious food offering given during Hindu ceremonies. When completing the puja, you can offer Saraswati items like mango leaves, fruits, and desserts.
    • This is said to draw the Goddess near so she can grant you blessings and prosperity.
    • The prasad is the act of giving a food offering, rather than a particular food.
  4. 4 Sit silently for 5-15 minutes while asking Saraswati for blessings. You can close your eyes and meditate during this period. In your mind, focus on Goddess Saraswati and ask her to bless you and your scholarly or creative pursuits.
    • You can sit in silence until your incense stick finishes burning, for example.
  5. 5 Consume the prasad and offer it to friends and family. When you finish the ritual, eat some of the fruits and/or desserts you offered as prasad, and share it with your family members and friends. This is said to share the good fortune and blessing with your community.
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  • Question Why do we wear yellow clothes in Saraswati Puja? Basant Panchami is also celebrated as ‘Saraswati Puja’ in many communities. The color of Basant (Spring) is yellow, also known as the ‘Basanti’ colour. It symbolizes prosperity, light, energy and optimism. This is the reason why people wear yellow clothes and make traditional delicacies in yellow hues.
  • Question Which side should I worship Saraswati: east, west, north or south? The northern corner of your house is related to wealth, and Lakshmi puja should be done in that direction. The idol of Lord Ganesh should be placed on the left side of Goddess Lakshmi, while Goddess Saraswati should be placed on the right side.
  • Question Can we do Saraswathi Puja on the ninth day of Navarathri? In the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Saraswati Puja is celebrated on the 9th day (last day of Navratri), whereas in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh it is observed on the 10th day (Dussera).

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  • Neem and turmeric paste
  • Neem and and tulsi leaves
  • Bathtub
  • White or yellow clothing
  • White cloth
  • Idol of Goddess Saraswati
  • Idol of Lord Ganesha
  • Turmeric
  • Kumkum
  • Rice
  • Garland
  • Flowers
  • Kalash
  • Mango leaves
  • Betel leaf
  • Lamp
  • Incense
  • Prasad
  • If this is your first time performing a Saraswati puja at home, it can be helpful to watch video tutorials before you get started.
  • Once the Saraswati puja is complete, eat vegetarian meals for the rest of the day.

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Avoid reading or studying after you conduct the puja. This is said to help solidify the blessing and bring prosperity once you return to your work the following day.

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What is the age for Saraswati Puja?

Saraswati Puja – Vasant Panchami is a festival of Hindus and Sikhs that marks the beginning of preparations for the spring season. It is celebrated by people in various ways depending on the region. Vasant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holika and Holi, which occur forty days later.

  • For many, Vasant Panchami is the festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati who is their goddess of knowledge, language, music, and all arts.
  • She symbolizes creative energy and power in all its forms, including longing and love.
  • The season and festival also celebrate the agricultural fields’ ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati’s favorite color.

People dress in yellow saris or shirts or accessories, share yellow-colored snacks and sweets. Some add saffron to their rice and then eat yellow cooked rice as a part of an elaborate feast. Many families mark this day by sitting with babies and young children, encouraging their children to write their first words with their fingers, and some study or create music together.

  1. The day before Vasant Panchami, Saraswati’s temples are filled with food so that she can join the celebrants in the traditional feasting the following morning.
  2. In temples and educational institutions, statues of Saraswati are dressed in yellow and worshiped.
  3. Many educational institutions arrange special prayers or pujas in the morning to seek the blessing of the goddess.

Poetic and musical gatherings are held in some communities in reverence for Saraswati. In Eastern India, primarily in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Tripura and Assam, as well as in Nepal, people visit Saraswati temples and also worship Goddess Saraswati at home (Saraswati Puja).

In West Bengal, it’s one of the major festivals for Bengali Hindus and observed by many households; most schools arrange Saraswati puja for their students on their premises. In Bangladesh too, all major educational institutes and universities observe it with a holiday and a special puja. In the state of Odisha, the festival is celebrated as Basanta Panchami/Sri Panchami /Saraswati Puja.

Homas and Yagnas are done in schools and colleges across the state. Students celebrate Saraswati puja with great sincerity and fervor. Usually, children four and five years old start learning on this day in a unique ceremony named ‘Khadi-Chuan’ or ‘Vidya-Arambha’.

What is the Puja on January 26 2023?

Basant Panchami 2023 is being observed tomorrow on January 26, 2023 to worship Goddess Saraswati Ma and celebrate her on this auspicious day. On this day, devotees pray the goddess of knowledge, music, and learning and offer books and other items in front of the goddess feet.

What does Saraswati look like?

3. Symbolism and Iconography – Iconography of Saraswati : the goddess depicted with her veena, swan, peacock, crystal japamala and lotus. (Two images: above, a tile mural in Kerala, below, a sculpture in cultured marble in Karnataka). https://handwiki.org/wiki/index.php?curid=1843575 The goddess Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus, which symbolizes light, knowledge and truth.

  • She not only embodies knowledge but also the experience of the highest reality.
  • Her iconography is typically in white themes from dress to flowers to swan – the colour symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity, discrimination for true knowledge, insight and wisdom.
  • Her dhyana mantra describes her to be as white as the moon, clad in a white dress, bedecked in white ornaments, radiating with beauty, holding a book and a pen in her hands (the book represents knowledge).

She is generally shown to have four arms, but sometimes just two. When shown with four hands, those hands symbolically mirror her husband Brahma’s four heads, representing manas (mind, sense), buddhi (intellect, reasoning), citta (imagination, creativity), and ahamkāra (self consciousness, ego).

  • Brahma represents the abstract, while she represents action and reality.
  • The four hands hold items with symbolic meaning – a pustaka (book or script), a mālā (rosary, garland), a water pot and a musical instrument (vīnā).
  • The book she holds symbolizes the Vedas representing the universal, divine, eternal, and true knowledge as well as all forms of learning.

A mālā of crystals, representing the power of meditation, inner reflection, and spirituality. A pot of water represents the purifying power to separate right from wrong, the clean from the unclean, and essence from the inessential. In some texts, the pot of water is symbolism for soma – the drink that liberates and leads to knowledge.

  • The most famous feature on Saraswati is a musical instrument called a veena, represents all creative arts and sciences, and her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony.
  • Saraswati is also associated with anurāga, the love for and rhythm of music, which represents all emotions and feelings expressed in speech or music.

A hamsa – either a swan or a goose – is often shown near her feet. In Hindu mythology, the hamsa is a sacred bird, which if offered a mixture of milk and water, is said to be able to drink the milk alone. It thus symbolizes the ability to discriminate between good and evil, essence from the outward show, and the eternal from the evanescent.

Due to her association with the swan, Saraswati is also referred to as Hamsavāhini, which means ” she who has a hamsa as her vehicle “. The swan is also a symbolism for spiritual perfection, transcendence and moksha. Sometimes a citramekhala (also called mayura, peacock) is shown beside the goddess.

The peacock symbolizes colorful splendor, the celebration of dance, and – as the devourer of snakes – the alchemical ability to transmute the serpent poison of self into the radiant plumage of enlightenment. She is usually depicted near a flowing river or another body of water, which depiction may constitute a reference to her early history as a river goddess.

Is Saraswati a girl?

Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom, learning, arts and career in Hinduism. She is the consort of Brahma, the creator.

Which flower is Saraswati?

Author: Anushka Published: 24 th September, 2021

Patram puspam phalam toyam, yo me bhaktya prayacchati, tad aham bhakty-upahrtam, asnami prayatatmanah – Lord Krishna Flowers are auspicious and play a significant role in the religious offerings in India. No ritualistic worship or pooja is complete without the use of flowers.

Lord Ganesha Lord Ganpati can be offered any red (rose), yellow (sunflower) or orange (marigold) flowers. The lord of lords is particularly pleased by Jaswanti or Red Hibiscus and Marigold or Genda. Do note that all other flowers can be offered to the Vighnaharta except those that come under ‘Tulsidal’. It is advised to use twenty-one different varieties of flowers during Ganesha pooja. Goddess Laxmi The goddess of wealth and prosperity sits on a lotus. Hence, the lotus is her favourite flower. If not a lotus, the deity of the highest honour accepts any kind of white and red flowers. To name a few, White Lotus, White Chrysanthemum, Red Rose, White Rose, Tuberose (Rajnigandha) and Arabian Jasmine (Mogra). Goddess Saraswati The goddess of knowledge and music is always clad in a white saree with veena, sitting atop a white lotus flower. Worship Goddess Saraswati with Magnolia (Champa) or Flame of the Forest (Yellow Palash) for her to bestow you with eternal knowledge. Since yellow is her favourite colour, you can also offer flowers like sunflower, rose, marigold, allamanda to Maa Saraswati. Lord Shiva According to Hindu mythology, the destroyer of the universe and one with the ultimate power – Lord Shiva is offered Datura, Nerium Oleander (Kane) flower, Dry lotus, Akondo, Kusum, Kush, etc. As per legend, Shiva consumed the poison that was obtained during the ocean churning. Doing so, Datura emerged from his chest and ever since, it is believed to be his favourite flower. The flower, in particular, is offered to Lord Shiva to let go of negative emotions and energy. He isn’t offered any lovely flowers.

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Why Saraswati is white?

According to Hindu mythology, after the creation of the cosmic universe by Lord Brahma, a great pandemonium reigned supreme in the cosmos. But Brahma felt bewildered for he realised that His cosmic universe was bereft of order, conception and configuration.

He created the embodiment of wisdom and art. Goddess Saraswati emerged out His mouth. Then all the celestial bodies including the sun, the moon and the stars were created and organised under strict orders. The oceans sprang up and the seasons started changing periodically. Ecstatic Brahma named the Goddess Vagdevi, the goddess of speech and sound.

In this way, Brahma created the Universe equipped with the eternal source of wisdom provided by the Goddess Saraswati. In the Devi Mahatmya, Goddess Saraswati is one of female trinity i.e. Tridevis comprising Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati.

They are the consorts of the trinity of Lord Shiva, Lore Vishnu and Lord Brahma. In the process of creation, maintenance and destruction of the Universe, all the three goddesses also played pivotal roles. Maha Saraswati is depicted as eight-armed sitting on a white lotus flower. There She is wielding in Her hands the bell, trident, ploughshare, conch, pestle, discus, bow and arrow.

All these suggests that Maha Saraswati was not mere the goddess of knowledge and arts. Again it is thought that Goddess Saraswati, the metaphysical form of the Rigvedic River Saraswati, with Her watercourse of consciousness and knowledge, dispelled all the abysmal darkness of ignorance from the universe.

READ | Vasant Panchami – a festival dedicated to Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom Saraswati The compound Sanskrit word Saraswati derives from “saras” i.e. flow in watery pools and the suffix “wati” means possessor. Therefore, Goddess Saraswati is the embodiment of the perennial flow of knowledge. According to Michael Witzel, a German-American scholar and the Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University, Vedic Saraswati River is the heavenly river Milky Way which is considered as a road to immortality and heavenly afterlife.

There are many legendary stories surrounding Devi Saraswati in Hindu scripture. The effulgent beauty and sharp intelligence of Saraswati enamoured Her father Brahma so much that He was determined to make His own daughter His consort. But Brahma’s incestuous infatuation to His daughter miffed Saraswati so much that She became desperate to avert Her father’s lustful gaze.

  1. She was moving to the opposite direction of Brahma’s sight.
  2. But all her efforts were in vain as Brahma created three more visages to cover all four sides within His vision at a time.
  3. To fulfil the desire of gazing on the carnal beauty of His daughter, there appeared a southern face with pale cheeks, a western face with quivering lips and the fourth with amorous beauty.

Saraswati then disguised Herself as different animals. But Brahma chased Her disguising Himself as the male counterparts of those animals. Finding no other way to escape His lascivious glances, Saraswati soared high into the heaven. Then Brahma created the fifth head atop with a neck elongated enough to pierce the heaven and chase Saraswati with His lustful sight.

Thus Brahma was ascertained that Saraswati would never be able to escape His gaze. Then the livid goddess cursed Her father for His display of unbridled passion that filled the world with lust and longing, the seeds of unhappiness and fettered the soul in the cage of flesh and blood. She cursed that Lord Brahma unlike Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva would not be revered and worshipped so widely.

On the other hand, Lord Brahma’s giving full vent to His concupiscent nature, became oblivious of His duty to bring orderliness and discipline in the universe. Once again, a chaos started engulfing in the universe. Then Lord Shiva manifested with His incarnation of Bhairava (Lord of destruction) and decapitated His fifth head.

  1. Lord Brahma realised his fault and repented, too.
  2. For the purgation of His sinful nature, it necessitated to perform a ‘Yagna’ (holy sacrifice witnessing Agni).
  3. But the ‘Yagna’ would be incomplete without a wife.
  4. Then Goddess Saraswati was convinced to wed Brahma for the protection of the universe.
  5. Though She submitting to the greater causes accepted Her father as Her consort, She restrained Herself from leading any sort of conjugal life with His father turned husband.

However, Goddess Saraswati took up Her Veena (lute) and resonated the air with Her soothing music to dispel commotion caused by all pervading confusion. However, another mythological story tells different tale. The curse that was put by Goddess Saraswati on Lord Brahma was caused by misunderstanding.

Lord Brahma was waiting for His wife Saraswati to commence an important religious ceremony. The auspicious moment for the performance of the ritual ceremony was approaching very near. Then by the grace of the gods, a new consort named Gayatri was created. Gayatri who is often associated with Savitr, a solar deity in the Vedas, is the embodiment of popular Gayatri Mantra, a hymn from Vedic texts.

Goddess Saraswati being livid after seeing Her husband with another woman cursed Brahma not to be worshipped in the earth. The curse came to pass. There are only two temples of Brahma in our country — one at Pushkar in Rajasthan and another in Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu.

  • A legend depicts how Goddess Saraswati retrieved ‘Somras’, the elixir of life, from the grips of the Gandharvas, demigods who sprang from the fragrance of flowers.
  • Someras’ derived from ‘Soma’ Plant.
  • It was believed to be an inebriating and invigorating potion kept under the custody of the Devas.
  • A Gandharva named Vishvavasu was entrusted with the charge of guarding the urn of ‘Someras’.

His inquisitiveness and avarice about the potion enticed him. He whisked away the urn and kept it in a secret place. The Gandharvas were on cloud nine for possessing the urn of ‘Someras’. Svan and Bhraji were the two Gandharvas who were in charge of the protecting the urn.

When the gods discovered the fact, there was a great pandemonium in the heaven. Though the gods were infuriated with the news, their friendship with the Gandharvas restrained them from going to a war. Then Goddess Saraswati assured them of retrieving the urn of ‘Someras’ without a feud against the Gandharvas.

The Goddess Saraswati equipped with her Veena (lute) reached in a beautiful garden occupied by the Gandharvas. There She started playing her Veena and creating enchanting tunes of ragas and raginis until the air of the garden is engulfed with melodious rendition of music.

Captivated by the enchanting music the Gandharvas were drawn to the garden. They entreated the Goddess Saraswati to teach them the divine music. But She agreed to teach them provided they should return the urn of ‘Someras’. The Gandharvas were so captivated by both the refulgent beauty of the goddess and Her melodious music that they agreed to Her proposal.

Thus Saraswati recovered the urn of elixir from the Gandharvas’ custody. And the Gandharvas also became maven in music and art enough to perform in the court of heaven in presence of the gods and goddesses. Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful lady elegantly attired in pure white outfit.

She is seated on a white lotus. Her complexion is as white as the moon. Necklace made of white pearl beads ornaments her breast. Her four hands are adorned with a book of the Vedas, crystal mala, a pot of water and a musical instrument called Veena. The book i.e. the Vedas symbolises universal and true knowledge.

The crystal mala symbolises power of meditation, introspection and spirituality. The pot of water stands for creativity and power of purification. The Veena signifies perfection in the sciences of all arts and music. Goddess Saraswati is imbued with all white.

  1. The colour white signifies purity, true knowledge and divine wisdom.
  2. Water on which Her lotus seat is erected symbolises perennial flow of knowledge.
  3. Hamsa (swan) is the carrier of Saraswati.
  4. The bird possesses incredible power of discrimination between real and unreal.
  5. It is proved when a swan can drink only milk leaving aside the watery substance.

Therefore, the swan symbolises the capacity to discriminate between right and wrong. The peacock is placed on the right side of Saraswati and the swan on the left side. It stands for equilibrium between reason and emotion. Like other major gods and goddesses, Saraswati also has ‘ashtottara satanam’ (one hundred and eight names). Outside India, Goddess Saraswati is known as Thurathadi (right) in Mayanmar, Biàncáitin in China and Benzaiten (left) in Japan. (Photos: Ajay Mathew & Hintha/Wikimedia Commons) Outside India the goddess is known as Thurathadi in Mayanmar, Biàncáitin in China and Benzaiten in Japan.

Goddess Saras wati is one of the most popular Hindu deities who is worshipped in countries transcending the boundary of the Indian subcontinent. Many temples of Benzaiten who is equated with Goddess Saraswati are in Japan. The concept of the worshipping of Benzaiten was introduced between 6th and 8th centuries.

In Japan, Goddess Benzaiten is depicted holding ‘biwa’, a traditional Japanese lute like musical instrument. There are many big shrines of Benzaiten in Japan. Some of them are the Enoshima Island in Sagami Bay, the Chikubu Island in Lade Biwa and the Itsukushima Island in Seto Inland Sea.

In Indonesia, the last day called ‘Watugunung’ of the ‘Pawukon calender’ is observed as the day of Saraswati sharing the same attributes as the goddess of learning in Hindu scriptures. The day in Indonesia is marked by the closing day of 210-day year in ‘Pawukon calendar’. Saraswati is worshipped there as one of the major deities.

In Myanmar, Saraswati is named Thurathadi. Students seek blessings from her so that they can fare well in the examinations. During Yashobarman era in Khmer literature of Cambodia, Saraswati is referred to as Vagisvari and Bharati. In Thai literature too, the reference of Saraswati is seen.

  • Again, the Goddess is worshipped as Yang Chen Ma, the goddess of music in Tibet.
  • In Eastern India, Saraswati along with Laxmi, Ganesh and Kartika are considered the offspring of Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva.
  • There is also a popular belief that the two sisters Saraswati and Laxmi cannot coexist peacefully.

They are the embodiments of two opposite cravings — desire for knowledge and desire for material wealth. It is considered that the worshippers of Saraswati are bestowed with knowledge, whereas, the worshippers of Laxmi are blessed with material possessions.

This difference in between human cravings is thought the apple of discord between the worshippers of two deities. But the fickle-mindedness of goddess Laxmi may betray Her worshippers. Needless to say, the wealth of knowledge once earned by the worshippers of the Goddess is eternal. Again, material possessions run out with giving.

But the more one imparts knowledge to others the more one is enriched. Therefore, the greatness of Goddess Saraswathi is always acknowledged by true pundits. According Hindu scriptures, the birthday of Goddess Saraswati falls on Vasanta Panchami and is observed on the fifth day of the lunar month of Magha every year.

Arjun Patel