Vasant Panchami - The season of New Beginnings

There is a saying in Punjab “आयी वसंत और पाल उडंत" (Ayi vasant aur pala udan)” meaning that with the arrival of spring (Vasant) season , cold (Pala) flies off.

The uniqueness of Indian festivals is that most of them indicate the beginning of a season or a month of the Hindu calendar. Vasant Panchami is one such festival which occurs on the fifth day of the bright half of the Magha (sometime in early February) month. It marks the advent of the Spring season. ‘Vasant’ or ‘Basant’ means ‘Spring’; while ‘Panchami’ means ‘occurring on the fifth tithi (date)’.

{ This year, Vasant Panchami will be celebrated on Wednesday, 1st February, 2017. Vasant Panchami Pooja Muhurat: 07:16 am to 12:52 pm (Total Duration = 5 Hours 35 Mins) Purvahna Kaal: 09:07 am to 11:17 am (Total Duration = 2 Hours 10 Mins) }

Spring is a season of hope, of rebirth, regeneration, regrowth, and rejuvenation. It is not a wonder that the arrival of this season is celebrated with much joy, gaiety and enthusiasm all over India. It is celebrated as ‘Sufi Basant’ in Sufi shrines; in Punjab and other North Indian regions, it is celebrated as ‘Basant Festival of Kites’. At Amritsar's Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the Sikhs initiate singing of the Basant Raga on this day that continues till the first day of the Vaisakh month (sometime in April/May). In the state of Bihar, it is celebrated as ‘Harvest Festival’, and as ‘Siri Panchami’ in West Bengal. Even in Uttarkashi, it is celebrated as a ‘Farmer’s Festival’ where the farmers offer prayers to Mother Earth and the crops besides following other rituals related to agriculture and harvesting. Basant Panchami is also celebrated by Muslims at Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi.


Since early times, Vasant ritu – the Spring Season – has been considered as Rituraaj – the king of all seasons. And this is not without its reasons. Vasant is the time when Nature presents herself in her most beautiful and flourishing form. It is the season when fragrant flowers like bela, chameli, juhi, (varieties of Jasmine) etc. bloom in abundance; flowers like raat- rani (‘night jasmine) blossom at night. The air is fragrant with invigorating scents; particularly the faint aroma of the Mango blossoms conquer the senses. The most attractive sight is that of the yellow and green mustard fields in full bloom. It is not a surprise that YELLOW is the predominant color of this season. The color yellow is also known as the Basanti colour. It symbolizes enlightenment, prosperity, dynamism and optimism. People adorn themselves in yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers to Goddess Saraswati, apply a yellow, turmeric or saffron tilak on their foreheads and even prepare yellow colored delicacies like kesar halwa, kesari bhaat (yellow rice), boondi laddoo and maalpuas.

This festival celebrates the liveliness and vibrancy of nature after autumn; it symbolizes the end of the days of darkness viz ignorance and awakening into the spirit of Spiritual enlightenment.


In the early times, Vasant Panchami was more a festival of joy, of celebration of love and a symbol of enjoyment and gaiety. Kamdev, the God of Love and his consort, Rati are still worshipped in many regions of India on this day.In fact, Vasant Panchami initiates the spring festive cycle which culminates with the celebration of Holi. This 40-day period between Vasant Panchami and Holi corresponds with the 40 days of Rati's (Kamdev’s wife) remorse after her husband, Kamdev was reduced to ashes by Lord Shiva for disturbing his meditation with his love arrows.

Vasant Panchami is celebrated very enthusiastically by the Krishna Bhaktas (devotees) and followers too. They consider it as the reverence of ‘Divine Desire’ which flows from their heart for their beloved, Krishna. It marks the beginning of the season of Love and fulfilment of desires.

It is also believed that Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, created Goddess Saraswati on this very day to rid the Earth of its dullness and quietness. Hence, Vasant Panchami is celebrated by many as Goddess Saraswati’s birthday or day of appearance.


SARAS means EASY and WATI mean FLOWING. So Goddess Saraswati is a symbol of knowledge which flows easily to anyone who is willing, capable and ready to receive it. Goddess Saraswati is also known as Vakdevi – the Goddess of Speech, Veena Vadini (One who plays the Veena - Harp) and Vaani Daayani - Giver of Speech.

She is the personification of all kinds of Knowledge, Speech, Eloquence, Wisdom and all Art forms. Hence students and artists worship Her on this day. Books, pens, stationary, musical instruments, etc. are placed before Her and are worshipped along with the Goddess to invoke Her blessings.

Vasant Panchami is celebrated as a three-day festival when people worship Goddess Saraswati to be blessed with knowledge and to get rid of laziness and ignorance. The ritual of initiating learning to children known as Vidya-Arambham or Abhyasa Arambham is one of the important rituals of Vasant Panchami - as it is considered an auspicious day to begin a child's education.

The ritual consists of writing the Beej Mantra of Goddess Saraswati “Aiyang” (ऐं) on the tongue of the kids as the first syllable of education with Saffron. Grown-ups consider it an auspicious day to initiate spiritual learning and practices.


• Saraswati Beej Mantra: ऐं। (Aing )

• Saraswati Mantra – 1: ॐ ऐं नमः| (Om Aing Namah)

• Saraswati Mantra – 2: ॐ ऐं क्लीं सौः| (Om Aing Kleeng Sauh)

• Mahasaraswati Mantra: ॐ ऐं महासरस्वत्यै नमः| (Om Aing Mahasaraswatyai Namah)

• Saraswati Mantra For Acquiring Knowledge: वद वद वाग्वादिनी स्वाहा। (Vad Vad Vaagwaadinee Swaha)

• Saraswati Mantra for Enhancing Intelligence: Recite this Saraswati Mantra one lakh times. This Saraswati Mantra enhances Intelligence, Creativity and Knowledge. ॐ ऐं ह्रीं श्रीं वाग्देव्यै सरस्वत्यै नमः। (Om Aing Hreeng Shreeng Vaagdevyai Saraswatyai Namah)

Saraswati Shloka:

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

शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं वीणा-पुस्तक-धारिणीमभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापहाम्। हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम् वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्॥२॥


In Muhurat Shastra of Vedic Astrology, Vasant Panchami day is considered as Abujha (अबूझ) day which means it is an auspicious day to start all good works – so much so that one need not even refer to the Panchang! Hence one can initiate new beginnings on this day; auspicious events like starting a new business, naming ceremony and Griha Pravesh (house warming) can be performed without hesitation.

In Astrology, a person’s education is seen from the 4th and 5th houses of birth chart (Kundli). The fifth house in particular is the karaka (significator) of his intelligence. Worshipping Goddess Saraswati on the fifth day of Magha month helps in invoking the Divine Powers to sharpen one’s mind and intellect.

Saraswati yog’ is a special combination formed in a Kundli which involves placements of Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury in specific houses and in relatively stronger positions. This combination (Yog) is said to bless the person with proficiency in writing, speech, arts and related subjects.

Saraswati puja helps to a great extent in mitigating the malefic effects of Jupiter, Moon, Venus, and Mercury. Persons undergoing mahadasa (main-period) / antardardasa (sub-period) of the said planets or experiencing the retrograde effects of these planets can benefit by performing this puja and by making offerings (daan).

Kundli.IO Team

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