Basant Panchami day is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Basant Panchami day. Basant Panchami is also known as Shri Panchami and Saraswati Panchami.
Like every new year marks the beginning of festivities in India, the next year is also going to bring the joy of celebrations. With celebrations remaining muted in the past two years falling under the shadow of Covid-19, here is hope that 2022 will be safer.
One of the many such festivals celebrated here is Basant Panchami. Also, known as Basant Panchami, the day marks the birthday celebrations of Goddess Saraswati in educational institutions, club grounds, homes, and temples.
In the coming year, it will be celebrated in February. On this day Hindus offer Saraswati Puja to worship Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, arts, and music, with complete devotion and gaiety.
Basant Panchami 2022: Date and time
The auspicious time to worship on Basant Panchami Muhurat in 2022 starts at 06:45 AM to 12:34 PM, according to drikpanchang.com.
Panchami Tithi Begins – 03:47 AM on Feb 05, 2022
Panchami Tithi Ends – 03:46 AM on Feb 06, 2022
On the day, devotees dress up in yellow clothes as it signifies vibrancy of life and vividness of nature. Young girls particularly adorn bright yellow dresses and participate in the festivities.
On this day, poetic and musical gatherings are held on several platforms. It is on this day that young kids in Bengali households are taught to write their alphabets for the first time. People also dress up in yellow to take part in the celebrations. The day is considered opportune for farmers to celebrate as the agricultural fields are full of yellow flowers of the mustard crop. The day is also considered to venture into something new, get married, or perform griha Pravesh (house warming ceremony).
Basant Panchami 2022: Story and Rituals
The story of Saraswati Pujan is mentioned in the Brahma Purana. Lord Shree Krishna granted boon to Saraswati of being worshiped on Basant Panchami. People feed Brahmans with great honor and belief that their ancestors are accepting the food. Initiating education in the kids is one of the rituals followed on Basant Panchami. There is no particular time to perform Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami day.
Basant Panchami initiates the spring festive cycle and indicates its outline with Holi. The 40 days time between Basant Panchami and Holi corresponds with 40 days of Rati’s penance. Her husband, Kamadeva was reduced to ashes for shooting love arrows on the eye of Shiva. Between Basant Panchami and Holi, preparations are made for numerous burnings in dummy of demines Holika.
Basant Panchami 2022: Celebration in various regions
Kite flying is an important tradition in several North Indian states and harvest festival in many regions. Fair is arranged at the famous Sikh shrine of Guru-ka-Lahore in Bilaspur district to mark the occasion of the marriage of Guru Gobind Singh Ji – tenth Sikh Guru on Basant Panchami. In South India Saraswati is worshiped on the ninth day of Navratri in the month of Ashwin. People dress up in bright yellow dresses and participate in various celebrations.
Basant Panchami is associated with Shringara Rasam, so it is celebrated in this tradition. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in educational institute and Saraswati puja is performed.