India is the land of festivals. Wide variety of festivals are being celebrated in India which shows India’s rich culture and traditions. Every festival has a social, religious and mythological value. Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami is one of them.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated in northern, central and western part of part of India and in Nepal. According to Indian calendar, Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of Magh month.
Here are the five Myths you should know about Vasant Panchami:
1. Aryan and the River Saraswati :
It is believe that people are celebrating Vasant Panchami since Aryan period in India. Their early development took place at the banks of river Saraswati and river Saraswati is now associated with their fertility and knowledge. Thus how the people started celebrating Vasant Panchami.
2. Goddess of Learning and Education:
According to the popular belief, poet Kalidas married to a princess through trickery. The princess left her after knowing that he was a foolish guy. Kalidas went to commit suicide, at the same time goddess Saraswati emerged from waters and asked him to take a dip into the river. After taking dip into the holy waters, Kalidas became great poet. According to Indian tradition, vasant panchami is the day of initiating studies, playing music, as well as the day when parents sit down with their children, initiate them into writing letters of alphabet or study together. People donate books and other literary materials to the needy.
3. Welcoming of spring season:
Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning: Vasant means “spring” and Panchami means “the fifth day.” Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring.The festival is celebrated by farmers as the on-coming of the spring season. Here, people offer food to the Brahmins and organize rituals in the name of Goddess Saraswati.
4. Yellow color:
The color yellow is the predominant color associated with the festival, the origins of which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period, the agricultural fields which are ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati’s favorite color. People dress in yellow. People eat yellow rice.
5. Indian Valentine’s Day:
Another legend behind Vasant Panchami is based on the Hindu god of love called Kama. It is remembered as the day when Parvati approached Kama to wake up Shiva in Yogic meditation since the Maha Shivaratri. Vasant Panchami is associated with the emotions of love and emotional anticipation and celebrated by preparing bouquet and garlands of flowers set with mango leaves, as a gift.