Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami marks the beginning of the spring season. It is celebrated on the fifth day after the arrival of the spring as Vasant means ‘spring’ and Panchami means ‘the fifth day’. Goddess Saraswati is worshiped on the day of Vasant Panchami as she is believed to be the Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, and all other form of arts, and so the day is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja.
This year, Vasant Panchami will be celebrated on February 10th. The festival is most popular in North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other states like Bengal and Odisha. Prayagraj is all set to host the third ‘shaahi snaan’ of the ongoing Kumbh mela on the day of Vasant Panchami during which more than two crore devotees are expected to take a holy dip.
On the auspicious day of Vasant Puja, schools, colleges and other educational institutions host prayers to pray to the Goddess. At several places, schools begin their session on the day of Saraswati Puja. People dress up in yellow colors as it is believed that yellow is the favourite color of Goddess Saraswati. Mustard fields in Northern India blooms during this season giving a yellow coat to the nature. Yellow flowers are offered to the Goddess Saraswati and people prepare yellow color dishes to offer to the Goddess.
Vasant Panchami Puja Muhurat will last 15 minutes from 12:26 pm to 12:41 pm.