Basanta Panchami: Homage to Goddess Saraswati and Auspicious Beginnings (with photos)

KATHMANDU: Today, Basanta Panchami is being observed across the nation, with devotees paying homage to Goddess Saraswati, revered as the epitome of knowledge.

Renowned as Saraswati Pooja, this day sees writers, artists, journalists, teachers, and students venerating their tools such as pens, papers, pencils, and musical instruments as manifestations of the goddess.

It is widely believed that embarking on the journey of learning after worshipping Saraswati brings blessings and auspiciousness.

Apart from its spiritual significance, Basanta Panchami holds cultural and social importance as well.

It marks an auspicious time for various social and religious ceremonies, including marriages, bratabanda, gufa, and belbibaha.

Furthermore, initiating educational pursuits for children and conducting nose and ear piercing ceremonies on this day are considered highly auspicious practices.

Devotees, especially students, flock to the temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati since the early hours of the morning to seek her blessings and guidance.

Basanta Panchami serves as a reminder of the importance of knowledge and learning in our lives, while also fostering a sense of spirituality and cultural heritage.

Here are some pictures taken in Swyambhunath in Kathmandu by Ratopati photojournalist Subhash Shrestha:


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