Vasant Panchmi: the grand celebration of the Spring

The spring rolls in

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Vasant Panchami is the festival that marks the arrival of the spring. It is celebrated by Indians in various ways depending on the region.       

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Basically, Vasant Panchmi is the day of Ma Saraswati, the reigning deity of music and learning all over India. Here is the Saraswati hymn:

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता।
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना॥
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता।
सा माम् पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥

Meaning-
One who is so fair like garland of Kunda flower (a white flower) and snow flakes, who has worn white apparel; whose hand is placed on the stem of the Veena,
The one who sits on white lotus; one who has always been worshiped by lords like Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar; I need blessings of that goddess Saraswati who completely takes away lethargy from within. 🙏

# Ashok Misra 

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