In Tripura, festival of Saraswati Pooja is being celebrated today at homes, temples, community places, pandals and educational institutions, according to an information which I got from tripurainfoway website on my facebook. The festival of Saraswati Puja is one of the biggest festivals for Bengali community. Girls in Bengali saris take part with devotion and fervour in the festival. In educational institutions students place their books in front of idols of Goddess Saraswati to seek blessings for wisdom and success in studies.
According to Subhamoy Das, Saraswati's birthday - Vasant Panchami - is a Hindu festival celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. Hindus celebrate this festival with great fervour in temples, homes and educational institutes alike.
On this day, small children are initiated into the world
of learning by writing alphabets for the first time. In many pandals and educational institutions the devotional song competitions are being organized on this day. The puja in various pandals will go all the day during the festival along with cultural programmes.
Saraswati is considered the goddess of knowledge, purity, wisdom, music, arts and nature. Besides Hindus, Goddess Saraswati is also revered by believers of the Jain religion of west and central India. She is depicted as a serene and charming woman wearing a spotless white sari and seated on a white lotus or riding a white swan to embody the concepts of wisdom purity of mind and classical fine arts.
According to Hindu scriptures, Goddess Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, music, wisdom and divine knowledge. The four hands of Goddess Saraswati depict four aspects of knowledge and values. The prose is represented by the book in one hand, poetry by the garland of crystal, and music by the veena and the pot of sacred water represents purity in all of these three.
Oft-recited Saraswati Mantra goes like this: Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney / Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey / Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey / Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey .