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Odisha: Vasant Panchami marked with kids writing first word and drawing Saraswati symbol
In the state of Odisha, Vasant Panchami was celebrated with kids reading and writing their first words in special pandal in which Saraswati Pooja was performed.

It is considered auspicious to start education on Vasant Panchami and begin learning by writing Om and drawing the symbol of Maa Saraswati.

To draw the symbol of the deity in its simplest form, first three triangles are drawn; below them two and in the last one triangle is drawn. The top three triangles, a stick figure with chest by a straight line and raised hand with a curved line and head with a circle is drawn.

However, the top set of triangles is always the odd numbers like three, five or seven, if one wishes to draw a bigger symbol greater odd-numbered triangles can be used to begin the drawing. This symbol is also used to draw kolam, rangoli and tattoo these days.

Vasant Panchami occurs on Magha Shukla Panchami and is celebrated with worship of Saraswati-the goddess of knowledge and wisdom in Hinduism. The festival also marks the arrival of spring in India.

Here is my acrostic on SARASWATI as my message on the occasion of Vasant Panchami:

S: Symbol of discernment and wisdom to distinguish between the

A: Abiding and fleeting to attain

R: Real knowledge of life

A: Art, music and science leading to

S: Self-realization by being in the

W: World but not of it and

A: Attainment of the

T: Truth that is

I: Infinite and eternal.

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