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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Goddess Saraswati

Devi Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, intellect and creative arts. She is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning.

She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus – the symbol of true knowledge – in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena or violin. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan. A peacock is also associated with her.

Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in Eastern India including the state of Assam on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month after black moon day. This year Saraswati Puja is being celebrated on Saturday, the 31st January.

On the puja day idols are installed in almost all schools and colleges and in other places of learning. Idols made of clay are immersed the next day and other idols are preserved for the year.

We fondly remember our school days when our joy knew no limits. Firstly because that day we are not supposed to study—a sought after holiday from books and homework. Secondly it’s a full day out with holy food known as khichdi (meal made of rice and pulses cooked together, spices and vegetables added) provided for lunch. Little girls dress up as grown up women and go to school early morning. At evenings cultural shows are organized and we also visit other educational institutions assessing the style and get-up of the idols as often there are prizes for the best idol. In college days a pleasing dose of budding romanticism is added! Loudspeakers also dish out the popular numbers.

Students, intellectuals, artistes and all creative workers worship Devi Saraswati on all auspicious beginnings of their projects throughout the year. On the Puja day they hold functions at home calling for priests or on their own.

Happy Saraswati Puja!

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