Goddess Saraswati is the light of hope and peace. Happy Vasant Panchami and Saraswati Puja. May all your wishes get fulfilled.
Saraswati Devi, who is the deity of knowledge, art and music denotes serenity and calmness. She is generally shown seated on a white lotus, wearing a pure white silk sari and holding a book in her lower left hand. The eyes of the goddess are full of compassion. Her four hands denote four facets of human personality namely mind, intellect, alertness and ego. The lotus on her hand symbolizes true knowledge. Her ride is a white swan which is known for its peculiar capability of separating water from the milk. The swan indicates that we should have the ability to discriminate the bad from the good.
And today is the day, Basant Panchami, which is also known as the Saraswati Day, is the day when children are taught their first words, making it an auspicious occasion which marks the beginning of their learning process. It is generally said that there is no comparison between a king and a learned person as the king is honored only in his land but a learned person is respected everywhere. Basant Panchami spiritually signifies that the days of ignorance and gloom are over and the period of joy and spiritual awakening has begun.
Song: Saraswati Puja
Lyricist: Sage Agasthya
या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना।
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा ॥1॥
शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं वीणा-पुस्तक-धारिणीमभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापहाम्।
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम् वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्॥२॥
Ya kundendu tushara haara dhavala, ya shubhra vastravrita
Ya veena vara danda mandithakara, ya shwetha padmaasana
Ya brahmachyuthaha shankara prabrithibhi devai, sada poojitha
Samaam paatu saraswathi bhagavathi, nihshesha Jaddyapaha.
Salutations to devi Saraswati, who is pure white like Jasmine and covered with white garments,
with the coolness of Moon, brightness of snow and shine like the garland of Pearls.
Whose hands are adorned with Veena and the boon giving staff and who is seated on white lotus.
Who is always adored by lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shankara and other devas.
O goddess, please protect me and remove my ignorance completely