Nepali Army soldiers rehearsing for Shree Panchami celebrations in Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu, on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
For this reason pre-school children are typically given their very first lesson on reading and writing during Basant Panchami and a prayer is usually held in all schools, colleges and universities for Saraswati.
On the occasion of Basant Panchami, devotees take holy dip in Allahabad's Triveni Sangam while many revere Goddess Saraswati and seek her blessings for prosperity in their wisdom and knowledge.
A special Basanta Shrawan programme was also organised at Hanumandhoka Durbar Square premises in Kathmandu. It is believed that the festival marks the beginning of the spring season. According to Hindu calendar, Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Hindu month of Magha.
The Hindu community in the country is set to celebrate the Saraswati Puja nationwide on Monday worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.
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Women and girls decked up in traditional bright-yellow saris signifying Basant Panchami - heralding the arrival of spring - and men and boys in kurtas offered flowers to the deity, as families shared "prasad" in cities, towns and villages.
Wish your loved ones a happy Vasant Panchami with these greetings and messages.
Soni Singh: Let's worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and rid ourselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance. Purvahna Kala, which is the time between the sunrise and the midday, is considered as the time when one should worship her.
On this day, books are kept at Goddess Saraswati's feet. He mentioned: "Our SandArt institute students creating SandArt on Goddess Saraswati at Puri beach in Odisha". I pray that this auspicious occasion makes our society happier and even more harmonious.