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BASANT PANCHAMI



Basant Panchami is one of the famous festivals of India. The vagdevi Saraswati is considered as 'Brahmaswaroopa' and governs 'kaamdhenu' and other deity powers. She is the manas-putri of Lord Brahma and is considered as the deity of knowledge and wisdom. Bestowed with the unbelievably divine properties, the Goddess should be offered prayers on panchami tithi of magha month according to Hindu calendar. 'Basant Panchami' is also known by the name of 'Vagishwari Jayanti' or 'Shri Panchami'. People sanctified with the blessings of Goddess Saraswati are extremely intelligent and are very sharp. There are countless people who pray Goddess Saraswati as their divine being. The grand personalities like rishi Valmiki, rishi Vashishtha, rishi Vishwamitra, rishi Saunak and rishi Vyas belongs to this category as they were bestowed with her grace.

It is said that the famous poet Kaalidaas, Vardarajacharya, Vopedeva were un-intellectual people but by offering their prayers to deity Saraswati, they were transformed into scholarly thinkers. People with low brainpower should recite 'Gayatri mantra' as it acts as magical charisma. By offering prayers to Goddess Saraswati, one can develop his intellect, and well organised. Humans who have cerebral issues and frequently deal with problems of mental anxiety, restlessness, headache and stress should recite this mantra everyday for sure. If you want to boost your imaginative and ingenious powers and can't make right decisions on right time or have issues with forgetfulness should recite this mantra every day. Sometimes, people can't perform their work with interest and feel their job as monotonous. As a result they are considered as idiot person. Hence, it is strongly suggested that such people should offer their prayers to Goddess Saraswati and develop themselves spiritually and turn into a strong persona. It is one of the best devout remedies that have brought huge transformations into many individual's lives.

“O Goddess Saraswati! Eliminate the darkness from my mind and consecrate me with crystal clear thoughts and knowledge!”

Basant Panchami is considered as an auspicious occasion for beginning all holy tasks especially beginning of studies for new students, joining new fields of studies or for Grah Pravesha. The month is also considered highly beneficial for taking bath at holy places. During this phase, sun is in uttarayan position which is changing its planetary states between Capricorn and Gemini zodiac sign. The fifth place of birth chart annotates the position of an individual's intelligence. If the birth chart is inflamed by any retrograde planet, the individual might be unsuccessful in his studies in between. He can face major failures in his endeavours. However, if the relevant person seeks favour of Goddess Saraswati on the auspicious occasion of 'Basant Panchami', then they can achieve the desired distinction. It is highly suggested that such people begin with concentrating on this celestial body by folding hands and then reciting the mantra to get the blessings. On the other hand, if the method seems too long to them, they may follow a shorter way as well. Students should worship Goddess Maha- Saraswti based on their zodiac sign. Aries and Scorpians should worship the Goddess with red kaner, red hibiscus or red marigold to get best results. Librans and Taurans should offer white flowers to the deity. Gemini and Virgo should use lotus flowers for worship. Cancerians should use white lotus or any other white coloured flowers while Leos should use red Hibiscus to get showered with blessings. Sagittarius or Pieces should use yellow flowers for attaining maximum benefits whereas

Capricorn people and Aquarians should use blue coloured flowers.

If you are going to visit the temple, you should first recite 'Gayatri mantra' followed by the mantra – “Om Aem Hrim Kleem Mahasaraswati Devyae Namah”

and then ask for the blessings. If the person holds some defects in his first, fifth and ninth house of the birth chart, by reciting these mantras, anomalies can be removed very easily.

This day, most of the ladies wear yellow clothes. This festival is an indication of arrival of spring season. Colourful and fragrant flowers bloom all over. People enjoy flying kites. Brahmins religiously recite the verses and worship the Goddess after adorning her with new clothes, perfumes, scents, rice, white flowered garland, veena, akshmala, kamandal and sacred books. Thereby everyone should recite following mantra after joining the hands with full faith-

“Yatha woo devibhagwaan brahma lokpitamah

Twaam parityajya no tishthagn tatha bhav varprada

Veda shastrani sarvani nrityagitadikam charet

Vaditam yat twaya devi tatha me santusiddhyah

Lakshmiverdawara rishtigori tushtiha prabhamatih

Aitabhih parihattanurishtabhirma saraswati

Thereby after following the above mentioned procedure, one should take their meals with peace without uttering any word from their mouth. On 'Basant Panchami', people not only wear yellow clothes but prefer eating yellow coloured meals too. Yellow coloured rice, yellow laddos made up of besan and saffron kheer are some of the prominently eaten dishes. The lady of the house distributes laddoos and jujube fruit as prasaada.

In Mathura, on this day, a fare is organised at the Durvasa rishi's temple. All temples and their idols are adorned with new clothes. Thereafter they are embellished with beautiful ornaments and garlands. Temples are crowded and delicious sweets as prasaada are offered to everybody. At many places, from the very same day, people start singing holy songs too as it is an indication that 'Holi' festival is on its way. 'Basant Panchami' is a traditional festival of Brij and residents of this place wear mustard yellow coloured clothes without fail.



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