Vasant Panchami, the fifth day of spring, is celebrated throughout the country by appeasing Goddess Saraswati, as she symbolizes the constant flow of knowledge and wisdom, she also represents the full blossoming of multi-hued Nature and ignites inspiration and hope.
On Vasant Panchami, people worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and to rid themselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance.
Whereas in Nepal, a distinct festival in honor of Saraswati is celebrated. Notably, the day before Vasant Panchami in Nepal, Sarasvati’s temples are filled with food so that she can join the celebrants in the traditional feasting the following morning.
Educational institutions and Schools arrange special prayers or ‘Pujas’ in the morning to seek blessing of the Goddess. In addition, Yellow or ‘basanti’ is the colour of choice for Vasant, and its not without reason. Traditionally, yellow depicts the positive energy of life, radiance of Sun and nature, and by default signifies the arrival of spring.
Vasant Panchami initiates the spring festive cycle and heralds its summation that occurs with Holi.
Prayers go off peacefully at Bhojshala in Madhya Pasrdesh on ‘Basant Panchami’ :
Recently , the tension was building up in Dhar ahead of ‘Basant Panchami’ after right-wing leader Vijay Singh Rathore demanded that Hindus be allowed “dawn-to-dusk” access to perform puja at Bhojshala, regardless of the order issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) last month.
MP’s Dhar is home to the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula mosque, a shrine claimed by both Hindus and Muslims.Hindus regard Bhojshala as the temple of Goddess Wagdevi (Saraswati), whereas Muslims treat it as Kamal Moula mosque.
The ASI order stated that on the event of Vasant Panchami, Hindus will perform puja at Bhojshala from sunrise to 12 noon and from 3.30 PM to sunset, while Muslims will offer ‘namaz’ between 1 PM and 3 PM.
Due to increased tension , security has been tightened in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar town.
However, prayers were conducted peacefully at Bhojshala in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar on the morning of Friday (12 Feb) at the site where both Hindus and Muslims offered prayers.
District Collector S Shukla told sources :
“350 devotees have offered prayers at the temple inside Bhojshala. More devotees are coming inside for puja”
Indore Division Commissioner, Sanjay Dube told :
“A group of 25-30 Muslim devotees offered Namaz on the terrace of the site peacefully after 12 PM”
A similar crisis had erupted at the Bhojshala in the previous years, when Vasant Panchami and Friday ‘namaz’ had coincided.
Source : NDTV