KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Shree Panchami, also known as Basanta Panchami or Saraswati Puja, is being celebrated across the country by worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture, on Tuesday.
The festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Nepali month of Magh or Falgun. People from the Hindu and Sikh communities, mainly in Nepal and eastern India, observe this festival. The festival is taken as the symbol of the advent of the spring season as plants start sprouting; winter crops like barley and wheat plants and plum, pear and peach trees start yielding and many flowering plants start blooming with this.
The day is very special for students and new learners. Students take an early bath, observe the mass Saraswati Puja in schools and visit temples and listen to the Basanta Shrawan.
Goddess Saraswati is worshipped with various names such as Bharati, Sharada, Jagatmata, Bageshwari, Kaumari, and Baradayani.
The festival is considered the best day for starting something new in human life and making a commitment to good causes. Kids start learning alphabets and early classes on the occasion of Sri Panchami reaching various temples and pre-primary schools as well.
May intellectual light prevail on every person: PM Oli
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has wished that social and moral values would prevail in every person in the country. Extending greetings on the occasion of the Vasanta Panchami (Shreepanchami) on Tuesday, Prime Minister Oli has stressed on the need to guide the society on moral and ethical grounds.
Prime Minister Oli added that it was time to materialize the national campaign of 'Prosperous Nepal: Happy Nepali'. “We have to lead the country towards development from undeveloped status, to richness from backwardness, and to moral high from irregularities", the prime minister has said. (With inputs from RSS)