New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Basant Pachami is being celebrated across the country today. On this day, Maa Saraswati-- Goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts is worshipped. Basant Panchami is worshiped in almost all localities as devotees install idols in several parts of northern India. The festival is significantly celebrated by the students, who chant Saraswati Vandana for their upliftment in studies. Youths observe day-long fast on Basant Panchami. Basant Panchami is considered as an auspicious occasion for students.

The festival is observed in almost every locality across the northern parts of the country mainly Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Some schools and colleges also holds Puja and cultural ceremonies on this day. On this day, Goddess Saraswati is worshiped with Vandana-- divine music (mantras and songs). Devotees wear yellow coloured dress, i.e., considered Maa Saraswati's favorite. A lot of religious offerings are made during Saraswati Puja with devotees enjoying delicious traditional recipes. 

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Auspicious Timing:

Drik Panchang: 10:45 am on January 29 till 1:19 pm on January 30.

Puja Muhurat: 10:45 am to 12:34 pm on January 29.

Things to DO before Puja:

Clean your house and puja area

Place idol or her photo frame on puja sthal

Put yellow cloth and thread around Goddess Saraswati

Light diyas and incense sticks

Offer yellow flowers, rice and bhog

Recite mantras and Saraswati Aarti

Once the idol is placed, you can keep your musical instrument, books to be blessed by the goddess in front of the idol.

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Ingredients:

Mango leaves, incense sticks, akshat, astagandha, scented orange powder, lamps, ghee, chnadan, haldi, jaggery, ganges water and fruits.

During Puja, Saraswati mantra and slokas are recited after which prasad is distributed among family and friends.

Dhyan Mantra

Om Saraswati Mayaa Drishtwa, Veena Pustak Dharnim |

Hans Vahini Samayuktaa Maa Vidya Daan Karotu Me Om ||

Posted By: James Kuanal