Saraswati Puja is considered to be the most auspicious puja of Indian culture. Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and is the sign of purity and peace.
This puja plays a very important role in India’s culture of respect for learning. Saraswati Puja is celebrated on the waxing moon which is a symbol of beginning of spring. This puja is very common in eastern India and is a celebration of knowledge.
A typical image of Goddess Saraswati shows her sitting on a lotus flower or riding a swan. She is a tribute to power, confidence and knowledge. On this day all the educational institutes worship the Goddess with lots of happiness. This puja marks the onset of spring.
Saraswati puja is also known as vasant panchami. This day is considered to be very auspicious for all students. Vasant Panchami is also a very auspicious day to begin new work, to marry or to shift to a new home. Yellow color holds a great significance on this day. Devotees also worship Goddess Saraswati as the water deity who has purifying powers. The festival of Saraswati puja is an occasion of social celebrations.
Who should perform Saraswati Puja?
Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge. Therefore, devotees perform Saraswati puja to gain success in competitions and examinations. Students perform this puja to increase their skills and talents. Performing this puja also improves memory power and communication skills.
Devotees perform this puja to enhance creative skills in fields such as dance, drama, graphics designing, art, music and so on. People who want to develop creativity, confidence and improve their skills can perform this puja. Professionals can also perform this puja to gain success.
Benefits of doing Saraswati Puja
There are many benefits of performing Saraswati puja. The main benefit is that one gets the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. This helps in gaining knowledge and wisdom in one’s life. Also, this puja fills one’s life with lots of positivity and removes negativity.
It provides strength and empowerment in an individual’s life. This puja helps in fulfilling one’s life with knowledge and wisdom.It vanishes all the darkness in an individual’s path. This puja helps in gaining knowledge and wisdom for having a successful life.
After performing this puja a person becomes more talented and skilled and gains knowledge and wisdom. Also, one can gain purity of mind.
When should I perform Saraswati Puja?
Devotees worship Goddess Saraswati on Vasant Panchami. This day is specially dedicated to the Goddess. Vasant Panchami also has other names like Saraswati Panchami and Shri Panchami. Also, many astrologists consider it as Abujha day.
Purvahna Kala decides the day on which Vasant Panchami falls. It is the time between the sunrise and the midday. Vasant Panchami can also fall on the Chaturthi Tithi.
There is no special time to perform the Saraswati puja. Devotees do it according to the Panchami Tithi. It is very important to perform the Saraswati puja within Panchami Tithi as it does not last for the whole day. This puja is performed on the eighth day of Navratri. One does not touch the books and tools on the Mahanavami day.
How to perform Saraswati Puja?
The process of Saraswati puja starts with a early morning bath. This bathing water is considered to be medicinal as it contains neem and tulsi leaves in it. Then, apply turmeric paste on body and then perform the puja.
Wear white or yellow clothes after the bath. Also, the place where the puja will be performed should be clean. Then place the idol of Goddess Saraswati.
After placing the idol, clean the place and decorate it with garlands and flowers. Also, place the books and musical instrumental near the idol. Then, one should place the kalash.
Fill the kalash with water and keep mango leaves on its edges. Keep Durva grass and betel nut on the top of kalash along with flower.
It is considered very important to keep the idol of Lord Ganesha near the Goddess Saraswati. Then there should be the proper and correct reciting of the mantras. Then, light the lamps and incense sticks. Finally, on the next day, immerse the idol of Goddess Saraswati into water.
Materials required for Saraswati Puja
The materials required in Saraswati puja are: Mango leaves, Ghee, Dhoop, Agarbatti, Plate, Match Box, Saffron, Kumkum , Coconut, Rose water, Ganga Jal, Betel Leaf, Kapur, gulal, turmeric powder, Lotus, Flowers; especially yellow flowers like Marigold, Idol of goddess Saraswati, Sandal, Red Holy Powder, Coins, Kamal gatte, clean red cloth., Piper Betle, Rice, Lamps, Cotton Wicks, Fruits, Garland of Marigold Flowers, Kalash, Panchamrit, etc.
Cost of performing Saraswati Puja
Saraswati Puja with the prescribed materials ranges from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 4000. One can also consult the expert regarding the technique and procedure to perform the particular puja.