Saraswati Puja observed

Feb 2, 2017-

Shree Panchami, also known as Basanta Panchami or Saraswati Puja, was observed across the country on Wednesday by worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture.  

The festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the waxing moon of the Nepali month of Magh. Children are taught to write and read on this day. While students visit Saraswati temples, parents take their children to Swoyambhunath where they write first letters on the wall, marking the start of their learning. 

The festival is also observed to mark the advent of Basanta Ritu, the spring season.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended the Basanta Shrawan ritual at Hanumandhoka Durbar Square precincts on to observe the day. On the occasion, the President listened to a special melody, Basanta, at the auspicious hour and received tika and prasad. 

Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, members of the Cabinet, heads of constitutional bodies, high-ranking government officials and chiefs of the security bodies were also present. 


President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal attend the Basanta Shrawan ritual at Nasal Chowk in Hanumandhoka;


Students of Aksharaa School offer prayers to Goddess Saraswati in Kandaghari, Bhaktapur


A child scribbles on the wall of Saraswati Temple on the premises of Swoyambhunath


A contingent of the Nepal Army stands guard at Hanumandhoka


Teachers and parents teach a child to write letters on the occasion of Saraswati Puja on Wednesday. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture, is worshipped on this day, which is observed on the fifth day of the waxing moon of the Nepali month of Magh. Also called Basanta Panchami, the occasion marks the beginning of Basanta Ritu, or the spring season. Students visit various Saraswati temples seeking blessings from Goddess Saraswati to excel in their endeavours. 


Published: 02-02-2017 08:14

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