WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY
BASANT PANCHAMI (On 12th Feb 2016)
It will not be of any exaggeration that diversity of India is well articulated since time immorial. This diversity may be in relation to religions (Eid, Christmas Day, Diwali, Dussehra,etc) , regions with variety of cultural traditions besides localized festivals like congregation/fair to commemorate family deities/Demi Gods, festivals in relation to climatic change, harvesting etc. Taking into consideration all these, it is but natural that we may surely have various occasions for various festivals either particular to a region or religion or in commemoration of a prominent personage who left a mark on the firmament of history.Then National Festivals like Independence Day and Republic Day.
Therefore, we in India, have different festivals which are celebrated with immense joy and religious fervour. Basant Panchami is associated with change of climate – it is well said: With Basant climate is on, winter season just ends. It is the start of pleasant season (no extreme cold or heat), the scenic beauty of yellow flowers of tamrind (sarswon) plants and other plants is really very attractive. It looks as though the Mother Nature has spread a yellow curtain on the fields. In other words, the Mother Nature is at its best in all its manifestations. Besides this, GODDESS SARASWATI’S PUJA (WORSHIP) who is the Goddess of Knowledge (Gyan) is also done on this auspicious day.
Our land is a land of festivals and fairs
We celebrate various events to get together
And mutually be a part of celebrations
With overwhelming brimming of emotions
To commemorate start of a season
Or in connection with a religious occasions.
Basant Panchami has religio-seasonal connotations.
A carpet of yellow mustard plants is one of the best attractions
People put on their yellow attires
And imbue themselves in natural colour
Even the food taken is coloured yellow
Giving lively fragrance.
There is a legend attached to this festival
Brahma who is the Creator-in-Chief
Happened to see earthwards
He felt very sad on seeing the bare trees
Barren land bereft of greenery
He sprinkled some water from His enchanting jar
Lo and behold all
There appeared Goddess Sarswati
The giver of wisdom and learning
Music, art and craft and knowledge
Also termed as the goddess of Vasant Panchmi!
Lord Barahma too gifted greener to the plants in abundance
Bringing in its wake brilliance in natural sight
And verve and vigor in everybody’s life.
Yellow flowers are offered to Gods
Even our food items exhibit yellowness
With saffron strands giving yellow colour
Emitting fragrance everywhere.
People worship the musical instruments
Art, craft and all the learning mediums
For these are the gifts of Goddess Saraswati
Processions in the honour of the Goddess is taken
To implore Her to bestow us humans the wisdom
And power to find the difference between truth and falsehood
Her four hands symbolize ego, intellect, alertness and the mind
Her white dress is the symbol of purity
And loves truth of all forms
Her postures of sitting too has vast meaning.
Our humble prayers to Thee O Goddess Sarasvati
The embodiment of learning
We implore Thee to remove illiteracy
Remove ego as You are the giver of wisdom
And do imbue us all in THY INDELIBLE COLOUR.