Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja are being celebrated in different parts of the country today with religious fervor and traditional gaiety. People especially students worship Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge on this occasion.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, which is celebrated across the country to mark the beginning of the spring season.
Mr Kovind hoped that the blessings of Maa Saraswati spur people in the quest for wisdom and knowledge and for the making of a true knowledge-society.
Vice President Naidu said, worship of Goddess Saraswati signifies the resolve to achieve wisdom from ignorance.
Prime Minister Modi hoped that Maa Saraswati illuminates everyone’s life with the light of knowledge.
The festival is being celebrated in Uttar Pradesh with religious fervour. AIR correspondent reports that forty days long Holi Utsav started in Mathura Vrindavan on the occasion of Basant Panchami. In early morning devotees played holi with Lord Krishna in different temples.
Traditional ritual of Tilkotsav of Baba Vishwanath will also take place today in Varanasi. Lakhs of devotees thronged Sangam – a confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati – at Prayagraj from early morning to take a holy dip on Basant Panchami which is an important snan of Magh Mela.
The day is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja and the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Saraswati, will be worshipped in various programs scheduled in schools and colleges today.