Basant Panchami(Last Updated 14 Apr, 2022)
Basant Panchami is one of the most important festivals in Uttarakhand. This festival depicts the grand welcome of the season of spring. The winter-weary soul cheers the arrival of sweet spring when the flowers bloom, the birds sing, the glorious sunbeams and cold no longer sting. Basant Panchami is also referred to as Sripanchami.
Why is Basant Panchami Celebrated?
On the occasion of Basant Panchami, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped. According to the Hindu religion, she is the goddess of learning and music. She is highly revered and respected, and people seek her blessings by praying to her. They want her to grant them a wealth of knowledge.
How to Celebrate Basant Panchami In Uttarakhand?
The air reverberates with the sound of the beating of drums. And this is how these people of Uttarakhand choose to welcome Basant or spring. Chounphula and Jhumelia dances are also performed on the occasion of Basant Panchami. On this day, everyone uses yellow cloth and yellow handkerchiefs and puts a yellow tilak on their foreheads as yellow is considered her favorite color. The sight of all the people adorned in clothes of such a bright color is lovely.
At Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, a fair is held within the premises of the Bharat Temple on the occasion of Basant Panchami. Then, in a grand procession, the idol of Lord Bharat is carried through the town. This is because this idol was installed in the temple on this day by Jagat Guru Shankaracharya.
When to Celebrate Basant Panchami Festival in Uttarakhand?
Basant Panchami is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar in the month of Magh. It generally falls in late January or early February.
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