Delightful Vasant Panchami recipes that will bring sunshine into your lives
12/31/2014 11:59:22 AM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
If Holi celebrates the end of winter and the full-fledged arrival of spring, Vasant Panchami is just a precursor indicating that the season is set to change. Fresh, gentle breeze replaces cold blasts and there is a sense of rejuvenation and freshness in the air. Blades of grass begin to crop up while yellow mustard blossoms start carpeting the landscape.
Falling on the fifth day of Maagh each year, Basant Panchami is celebrated differently in different parts of India. In the states of West Bengal and Bihar, this day is dedicated in honouring Saraswati – the goddess of knowledge, education, art, culture and music. Temples and educational institutions arrange for special pujas, while young children are initiated into learning through the Vidya Arambham rituals. In Bengal, idols of Saraswati are taken on procession and immersed in the holy river, Ganga.
In ancient Indian literature, Vasant Panchami was associated with Sringar Ras to honour Kamdev (Cupid), his wife Rati and friend Vasant (personification of spring). The day was marked by singing various tunes depicting the eternal love of Radha-Krishna and gopis (milkmaids).