The Panchami Tithi begins around 12:20 pm on Saturday, 9 February 2019, and ends at 2:10 pm on Sunday, 10 February
This year, Vasant Panchami is on 10 February. However, there is a little confusion on the Saraswati Puja date. A lot of people are celebrating the day on 9 February. Here is why.
According to panchang, the Panchami Tithi begins at 12:20 pm on Saturday, 9 February 2019 and ends at 2:10 pm on Sunday, 10 February. Hence, since 9 February is getting a longer day time of Panchami tithi, some people are celebrating Saraswati Puja on Saturday to avoid any hurry to complete all the puja ceremonies by 2:10 pm on Sunday.
Goddess Saraswati is associated with the Goddess of knowledge, learning, art, career, and Music. This Puja is done on the day of Basant Panchami. This Puja should be done with dedication and spirituality.
Goddess Saraswati is represented as a graceful woman in white, a symbol of purity and peace. She is the Goddess who signifies knowledge, learning, arts and culture. She is seen as the serene Goddess wearing a crescent moon on her brow riding a swan or seated on a lotus flower. Saraswati Puja is performed to pay allegiance to the Goddess of learning.
Saraswati puja is celebrated through out the country. The Goddess of knowledge is revered among the students and learned who strictly follow all the rituals to worship her. The festivities that accompany Saraswati puja is a part of the social celebrations. Young girls are seen in yellow saaries. Pushpanjali (offering of flowers along with mantras) are offered. Bright palash flowers are offerd that are a part of the worship.Young people enjoy the day with each other. Cultural programmes are staged at night. The Goddess who is the patron of music, culture and learning is revered by singers and musicians with great devotion.
In Bengal, students put their books, pen-inkpot or slate-pencil at the altar and worship them on this day. These are given ‘rest’ on Saraswati Puja and children get a day off studies. In Kolkata, the 12-day annual Kolkata Book Fair usually happens around this time and there is always less footfall on the Saraswati Puja day if it coincides with the fair duration.
Saraswati is also called ‘Veenapani’ as she holds a musical instrument, veena, in her hands. Always portrayed in pure white garments and sitting on a white lotus, Saraswati is seen holding a rosary and a book in her two other hands. In most of her images, the Goddess is seen with a swan.