Saraswati Puja

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Saraswati Puja
Saraswati Puja is the day which symbolized the birthday of Saraswati,the Goddess of Learning ,knowledge,wisdom,art represent the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. She is known as the mother of the Vedas and chants to her, called the “Saraswati Vandana” often begin and end Vedic lessons. This festival is also known as “ Shree Panchami “ and “ Basanta Panchami “.The Sanskrit word Sara is known as “ Essence “ and swa is known as “ Self “ so that Saraswati is known as “ The essence of the self “.Goddess Saraswati is worshipped by all people interested in knowledge, especially students,teachers,scholars and scientists. Saraswati is represented in Hindus mythology as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, so that knowledge is necessary for creation,Saraswati symbolized the creator power of Brahma. She is the lily white daughter of Shiva and Durga in spotless white robes and reacted in a full blown lotus. He carrier is a snow white swan it symbolized sattwa guna or purity and discrimination. Her brother is Lord Ganesh,the elephant God is invariable close at her side, and he receives animal sacrifice on her stead. In her hands Saraswati helds a book, a vina and sometimes sword because of which many believe the she and Manjushree are one and the same.
Saraswati puja make people of all castes, ages and get together to the temple of divinity, especially to the idol behind Swayambhunath.The image is to overflow with lot of gifts,flower,fruits in the hope of gaining Saraswati’s favor. As it believe that Goddess Saraswati endow human beings with power of speech,letter,arts,sciences,spinners and weavers lavishly fete her. All her tools like pens,books,ink, are also worshipped. According to belief, if a person swallows seven rice grains, which are offered to the Goddess he or she will became very wisely and knowledgeable so that students and children clamor for the rice grains strewn around the idol. This festival is also the day when children of five to seven are taught their first alphabet, which is repeated after the parent or teacher and traced on wooden slabs. And around the city numerous weeding procession followed by musician and relatives can be seen, as this day is the most auspicious and famous day in the year for marriage when the union is blessed by the Goddess Saraswati herself.
This day is also coincides with the coming of spring. The ancient royal palace at Basantapur at Kathmandu was first inaugurated in this of Basanta Panchami with rites still officially commemorated at Hanuman Dhoka by mid morning gathering of hundred of Governments officials, in formal attire and military officers laden with ribbons and medals King motorcade nowadays Prime Minister arrives in a motorcade, escorted by mounted cavalry officers and military band. Inside the old palace they all stand to attention through the strains of the traditional song of springs. After that the season inaugurated with gun solutes. While the royal priest conduct, but nowadays Prime Minister elaborated ceremonies in the honor of Goddess Saraswati.

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