Saraswati Puja

Small kid writing on the wall of temple of Goddess Saraswati  on the occasion of Shree Panchami

One of the most important festivals in Nepal, is Saraswati Pooja also known as Shree Panchami, Basanta panchami.  Basanta Panchami is the day when winter draws to an end and spring begins. Basanta Panchami falls in January-February (Magh – Fagun).  We worship Goddess Saraswati in this day.

Goddess Saraswati is considered to be the goddess of knowledge. She is venerated as the source of all intelligence and creativity. Her talents are source of knowledge and imagination. She is maker and creator of all kinds of art, literature, science and education.
Saraswati is one of the  Lord Bhrama’s greatest creation. She is believed to be the most beautiful and creative creation of Brahma.

This day is very auspicious day and is the day for many Nepali kids. Children start writing their first letters and alphabets.  Children are taken to temple of Goddess Saraswati  and asked to read and write first letter of their life. The wall of Swaraswati temples are scribbled by Nepali Alphabet, numbers and slokas across the country. It is very important day for every kid as it is believed, Shree Panchami is the best day to start learning new things. Students also worship reading and writing materilas like books, pens, notebooks and other instruments. Musician worship his/her instruments and other professionals worships their own tools. Hence, this is the day when we worship the source of knowledge, art and education.