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Vasant Panchami - How to Celebrate Vasant Panchami
Vasant Panchami - How to Celebrate Vasant Panchami - Tithi and Muhurt
What Is Vasant Panchami
Observed by Hindus in India and neighbouring Nepal, Vasant Panchami (also called 'Basant Panchami') marks the beginning of the spring season - Vasant means "spring" and Panchami means "the fifth day". On this day, Hindus visit temples and pray to Goddess Saraswati - the goddess of knowledge, and celebrate the day as Saraswati Puja.
Vasant Panchami is the first of the two spring-themed festivals in Hindu culture - the other being Holi. The festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the month of 'Magha'. Astrologers consider Vasant Panchami as auspicious day to begin all good work.
Vasant Panchami Tithi and Muhurt
Although there is no special time to perform Saraswati Puja on Vasant Panchami day, holy texts say that one should make sure that Puja is done when Panchami Tithi is prevailing. Many times Panchami Tithi doesn't prevail whole of the day on Vasant Panchami day hence we believe that it is important to do Saraswati puja within Panchami Tithi.
Vasant Panchami Muhurt: Saraswati Puja on Vasant Panchami day should be performed during Purvahna Kala - the time between the sunrise and the midday.
How to Celebrate Vasant Panchami
On Vasant Panchami, schools and educational institutes in many parts of India celebrate Saraswati Puja. Kite flying competitions are also a defining element of Vasant Puja. It is also considered auspicious by many to wear yellow on Basant Panchami day.
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