INDIAN FESTIVALS : Basant Panchami

In the midst of a splendid and magnificent setting of background comes down upon earth, Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, once a year this day usually called as “Basant Panchami”, selected from time immemorial as the fittest day to worship her.

It is spring time. The sky is clear and blue. The air is calm, pleasant and fragrant with new-born flowers and mango blossoms. The trees, once leafless, are now fast turning green and fresh. They are swaying to and fro joyfully as the cold wind smites them. Various flowers, richly coloured with, redden to set the wood land glowing in crimson.

The great Deodar stands straight in dignity to greet spring – the glorious season of the year. The gentle South Breeze begins to blow and starts changing the mind into a new spirit and hilarious mood. The cuckoo keeps on singing allday long. The winter is hurriedly parting so as to make room for the benign arrival of the spring – the king of the seasons.

The ponds turn as transparent as mirrors and they reflect the landscape beyond. By the banks sprout a number of unknown flowers, rich in colour. Creepers hang delicately on boughs and bushes. They move to and fro musically as the tiny birds swing on them. The Nature all-around smiles with her riches with the clear and blue sky above and the earth below.

In the midst of such a splendid and magnificent setting of background comes down upon earth, goddess of knowledge and wisdom, once a year this day usually called as “Basant Panchami”, selected from time immemorial as the fittest day to worship her. She, whom we worship this day as Saraswati, is the image of love and truth, knowledge and wisdom. She is also the fountain-head of all sorts of knowledge.

She descends on to the earth this day to dispel darkness of ignorance and to instill into the minds of people, light of knowledge, new spirit and consciousness, and also imposes upon them peace, tranquillity and complacent feeling. She is not only worshipped with a heart, bent down with deep and profound reverence but also with sanctified airs all over India in all educational, cultural and vocational institutions.

This day we worship her with so much enthusiasm and spontaneous joy that we ever do during the year and in doing so, we are apt to be lost in ecstasy, deep meditation and devotion. Our ardent zeal is elegantly expressed in a divine, pious and noble thought.

We are bewildered at the sight of the hall and pandal, so exquisitely decorated with various flowers, richly coloured, leaves and coloured lights, that the same brighten the entire arena.

We bow down our heads in benediction and profound reverence silently looking at the Exalted Mother on the magnificently decorated pandal.

Boys and girls are seen engaged in prayer before the Exalted Mother with folded palms and closed eyes chanting hymns from the holy scriptures, handed down from generation to generation. She is not only worshipped with a heart, full of reverence but also adored with divine faith and noble thought.

The atmosphere, created by this holy assemblage and surcharged with the aroma of incense is very sublime, profound and serene. Arati over, all came out of the Hall and then entered the Hall of banquet where they will enjoy a sumptuous feast after which they will depart.

Let the Goddess descend into our midst once again and imbibe into us a kind of new thought & spirit, creative consciousness and spiritual enlightenment. Let a new wave of life sweep over us with a wide range of knowledge and wisdom, profound, serene and noble thought to tread on the path of peace.

QUICK LINKS
  Bhavan's Books   Periodicals   Our Websites   Bhavan's (H.O), Mumbai
 
Online Bookstore
Locate A Store
Catalogue
Book Enquiry
 
Bhavan's Journal
Bhavan's Navneet
Navneet Samarpan (Gujarati)
Dimdima
Bharatiya Vidya
Samvid
Astrological Journal
 
www.dimdima.com
www.dimdimamagazine.com
www.navneetsamarpan.com
www.navneethindi.com
www.amritabharati.info
Gandhi Institute Website
www.bhavanslibrary.org
www.events.bhavans.info
 
Bhavans Kala Kendra
Bharatiya Sangeet & Nartan Shikhsapeeth
Jyotish Bharati
Bhavan's Library
Sanskrit Studies
Forthcoming Events
--: Bhavan - Chowpatty
--: Bhavan - Andheri