Hindu communities today across the country are observing Shree Panchami, also known as Basanta Panchami, by worshiping the Hindu goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning, wisdom, knowledge and arts. Parents and guardians start teaching alphabets to their children today with the belief that it is an auspicious day. Devotees and students thronged various Saraswati temples across the country since early morning to perform puja and make wishes. Shree Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the month of Magh according to the Nepali calendar. It is believed that from this day, the sun starts moving to the northern hemisphere, causing longer days and signalling the beginning of spring season. Marriage ceremonies and other religious functions are also performed on this day as the day is believed to be auspicious. Legend has it that reciting and listening to verses about goddess Saraswati on this day enriches knowledge.
Shree Panchami being observed with gusto
Published: 02:12 pm Feb 01, 2017
A woman writes with chalk on a wall.
Devotees offer butter lamp to celebrate Shree Panchami festival at Saraswati temple in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters
A child writes with chalk on a wall.
A girl (left) writes on a wall of Saraswati temple.
A woman offers prayer to the Goddess of wisdom Saraswati.
Devotees offer prayer and lamp.
Devotees wait in queue to offer prayer.
A father helps his child write with chalk on a wall.
Devotees worship an idol of Saraswati.
(From right) President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal attending a programme organised on the occasion of Basanta Panchami at Hanumandhoka, Kathmandu, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Photo: RSS