Saraswati Puja 2021 date, significance!
Saraswati Puja 2021 date, significance! Sri Sri Saraswati Maa is Hindu Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and music. It is believed that the pre-ancient language Sanskrit was invented by Maa Saraswati. Hindu Indians and specifically students celebrate this Puja as a festival in schools, colleges as well as homes every year. It is a holiday on this date. Saraswati Puja 2021 date is 16th February 2021, Tuesday. This day is called as Vasant Panchami and celebrated in entire India.
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How is Saraswati Puja celebrated?- Saraswati Puja 2021 date, significance
People ask how to celebrate Saraswati Puja? It starts with collecting money for the Puja (called Chanda) and buy idols, decorate the pandals and arrange the Puja. The Brahmin (Pandit Ji) offer the puja while all the devotees take Pushpanjali and utter Mantras as their prayers. Goddess is offered Bhog (means favorite food) including Kul (the fruit which Indians eat only after Saraswati Puja). This puja is offered in fresh clothes after bathing and empty stomach.
After the Puja, all devotees get to eat the Prasad (considered as Bhog Aashirvaad of Maa Saraswati) as a end of the fasting. Before the puja, all the students keep their books, copies, pens, etc. at feet of Maa Saraswati for her blessings, good studies and bright future and learning, which is later collected the next day. The puja day, students are not supposed to study. They can study only after next day Visarjan of Maa Saraswati Idol and after writing “Om Sri Saraswati Namaha” 108 times.
The food on Saraswati Puja is pure vegetarian and mostly Kichdi (A rice- Daal mix food) with Sabji, papad, etc. and Payas (A sweet dish cooked with rice and milk). This is organized free in schools and colleges where all students enjoy the food together as a celebration.
Saraswati Puja- the preparation of idols
In India, we have a different section of people all over India who prepare earth clay Idols – Murtikaars (Porters). They make these idols in numbers and sizes in all seasons of the year covering all Pujas. This is recycle method from clay idol making to Visarjan in the rivers and again collecting the clay from the river shore for next Puja. It is their earning business with skill.
The girls and boys in Saraswati Puja
In Saraswati Puja, the girls prefer saree while boys wear ethnic kurta- punjabi. They come in groups and celebrate with each other. After the kichdi and puja celebrations are over, they still enjoy like having snacks in a restaurant, watching movies or spending time together gossiping and clicking photographs of each other.
Saraswati Puja 2022 dates, significance - our wait for another year
Once the celebration this year gets over, we all wait for Maa till next year. It is the 5th of February, 2022, Saturday. May Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and music shower HER Blessings on all. May we all enjoy a COVID-19 free festival next year.
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