Saraswati Puja 2013 in Orissa

Saraswati Puja 2013 date is 15th February on Friday.

Saraswati Puja, sometimes referred to as Basant Panchami or Sri Panchami, is a Hindu festival. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.

Saraswati, the goddess is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white saree seated on a white lotus which symbolizes that she is founded in the experience of the absolute truth. Thus she not only has the knowledge but also the experience of the highest reality. She is mainly associated with the color white which signifies the purity of true knowledge.

Basant Panchami has a specific meaning, Basant means spring, whereas Panchami means the fifth day. And Basant Panchami falls on fifth day of the Indian month of Magh (spring season).
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This festival is mostly celebrated in the educational institutions of Orissa. Students observe fasting since morning, wear new garments and propitiate the Goddess to bestow them with learning and eloquence. They offer ‘Puspanjali’ (handful of flowers) to the deity and then break their fast. Images of the deity are built by traditional clay-modellers, who are famous in the country for their artistic skill. They make hundreds of such images small and big, for sale. In the evening cultural programmes and feasts are arranged as a part of the celebration. The next day, the images are taken in procession to nearby tanks or rivers for immersion.