A devotee offers prayers during Shree Panchami at Nil Saraswati Temple in Kathmandu, on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Photo: RSS
KATHMANDU: Shree Panchami also known as Basanta Panchami is being celebrated today across the country by worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture.
The day is very special for students and new learners. Students take early bath, observe the mass Saraswati Puja in schools, visit temples and listen to Basanta Shrawan.
Many educational institutions arrange special prayers or pujas in the morning to seek blessing of the goddess. Poetic and musical gatherings are held in some communities in reverence of Saraswati.
Many families mark this day by sitting with young children, encouraging them to write their first words with their fingers, while some just study or create music together.
Goddess Saraswati is worshiped with various names such as Bharati, Sharada, Jagatmata, Bageshwari, Kaumari, Baradayani and Kamdhenu.
People from Hindu and Sikh communities, mainly in Nepal and eastern India, observe this festival. It is believed that the festival marks the beginning of the spring season.
(With inputs from Rastriya Samachar Samiti)
People throng Nil Saraswati Temple during Shree Panchmi, in Kathmandu. Photo: RSS
A devotee offers prayers on the occasion of Shree Panchmi, in Kathmandu, on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Photo: RSS
A girl writes on white banner on the occasion of Shree Panchami, at Nil Saraswati Temple, in Kathmandu, on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Photo: RSS
A boy writes with chalk on a wall during Shree Panchami festival at a temple in Kathmandu. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
A man carries his child to write with chalk on a wall during Shree Panchami festival. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
A parent teaches her child to write with chalk on a wall during Shree Panchami festival. in Kathmandu. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
A girl looks towards her father as she writes on the wall of a Saraswati temple during the Shreepanchami festival dedicated to goddess of education Saraswati in belief that the goddess will help devotees excel in education, in Kathmandu, Nepal February 10, 2019. Photo: Reuters