Sri Vasant Panchmi &
This day is to observe Ma Saraswati's
birthday. Worshipping her on this day is
considered particularly divine for students,
artists and musicians. Ma Saraswati as she
is popularly known is the Goddess for
learning and wisdom. She is often also
referred to as consort of Sri Brahma-ji, the
supreme creator or originator of the cosmos.
Their partnership stresses the point in our
scriptures that without proper knowledge,
there can be no origin or creation.
It also demonstrates the high regard accorded to knowledge in Hindu culture and
custom. Sri Saraswati puja is a means of honouring this day.
It is also a belief in parts of India, that this is the day Ma Sarawati came to earth
with Ma Durga to drive away ignorance that Mahishasura was nurturing with him.
Spring of knowledge
Sri Vasant Panchmi falls on the 5th day of Shukla Paksh (bright lunar side) of the
month of Magh. The day also signifies the start of Spring and warm weather in the
Indian subcontinent. The passing of winter marks the end of darkness and
How to Observe Sri Vasant Panchami
A devotee who attains Ma Saraswati's blessings derives auspicious and Satwic
knowledge - thus ending darkness and ignorance.
On this day:
• Observe vrat (ekadashi-type)
• Chant mantra, chalisa & aarti for Ma Saraswati
• Bathe Ma Saraswati in panchamirit (milk, dahi, ghee, honey & gudr)
• Offer white or pink flowers;
•Chant Shanti Path
•Recite Ma Saraswati-Ji ki Chalisa and Aarthi
Om Saraswatiye vidhmahi, Brahma Putriye dhimahi tanno Devi prachodayat
Young children write their first letters on this day and take their chalk, pencils, pens
and other learning materials to local mandirs (temples) for blessings. Musicians place their
instruments before Ma Saraswati and seek her blessings on this day.