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Mark the inception of your auspicious deeds on February 14th, 2024.

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Vasant Panchami 2024

Aayush Tiwari –

According to astrology, Vasant Panchmi is considered to be highly auspicious as it falls on the Panchami tithi (fifth day) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in the month of Magha. The alignment of the planets on this day is said to be favorable for seeking knowledge and wisdom, making it an ideal day for students to pray to Goddess Saraswati for intelligence, wisdom and success in their ventured.

Basant Panchmi, also known as Vasant Panchami, is a festival that holds immense planetary significance. On the 14th of February, 2024, this day marks the beginning of the spring season and is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu deity of knowledge, wisdom, and art.

तू स्वर की देवी है संगीत तुझसे
है हर शब्द तेरा है हर गीत तुझसे l

This festival is not just a cultural event but also holds immense spiritual and astrological significance.

The first recommended by Shree Ved Vyas before commencement of any ordeal has a tremendous inbuilt beauty and modern Physics within it.

नारायणम नमस्कृत नरो चैवम् नरोत्मह l
देवीम सरस्वती व्यासम तथो जय मुदीरते ll

Devi Saraswati Vyasam – Tatho jayah मुद्यरायेते, which translates to ‘Goddess Saraswati’s blessings lead to victory’ on whatever is worth being victorious. This highlights the divine power of Goddess Saraswati as she is believed to be the source of knowledge and wisdom, and her blessings on this auspicious day are said to bring success and victory in all endeavours to even the supreme trinity of Legislature (Bramh, Vishnu, Mahesh) .

या ब्रम्हा अचूयुत शंकर प्रविनिधि
देवेश सदा वंदिता,
सा माँ पातु सरस्वती भगवती
निःशेष जाट-यापहा

The second verse of this heart touching doha of saint kabir also sets up the hierarchy of syllables recited before starting something auspicious.

प्रथम गुरु को वंदना
दूजे आदि गणेश
तीजा माते शारदे
कंठ करो प्रवेश

Pratham guru ko Vandana duja aadi ganesh, Teeja maatey shaarde kanth karo pravesh’, emphasizes the importance of paying reverence to the teachers first
( Guru Govind dou khade kake lagu payen) and then seeking the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. It is believed that seeking knowledge and guidance from the right sources and quoting the right citation is crucial for success, and on this day, we must acknowledge and honor the “Shabd-pramans” that have passed passed the litmus test of time.

The mention of ‘ Ya kundensu tushar har dhavala’ and ‘He sharde ma bhajan’ in the middle of this editorial can’t add a musical touch but brings to light the cultural aspect of this festival that any writeup underpinned by a poetic Naad Bramh within is the spontaneous hymn of devi Saraswati. These verses are commonly sung during the worship of Goddess Saraswati and reflect the devotion and reverence towards the path of learning keeping the path of earning as a consequence byproduct of this learning.

Basant Panchmi is also known as the day of ‘inception of auspicious deeds’ as it marks the beginning of the spring season, which symbolizes new beginnings and growth as the entire nature dance in rejoice with the queen of seasons – The Spring Time. It is an experience of an uncountable number of successful tycoons that any new venture started on this day is blessed by Goddess Saraswati and as starting something this day is tunning our fallibility with the infallible nature. Most importantly It is unanimously considered a favorable time for students to begin their studies and for artists to start new creative projects.

As we talked about Science a little let us conclude this first part of Basant Panchmi 2024 reminding again how it holds a great planetary significance to upstream herculean tasks seamlessly. It not only marks the beginning of the spring season but also symbolizes the importance of seeking knowledge paying homage to Goddess Saraswati the sakar form of eternal wisdom personified.

मुनियों नें समझी है गुणीयों नें जानी
वेदों की भाषा पुराणों की वाणी

हम भी तो समझें हम भी तो जानें
विद्या का हमको भी अधिकार दें मा l

“Hail goddess sharda, no weapons in your hand as Maheesh ( Mahishasur) had been conquered. Only a veena in your hands and the divine tune chiming the cosmos be our inspiration “

माँ शारदे कहाँ तू वीणा बजा रही है
किस मंजू गान से तू जग को लुभा रही है
किस भाव में भवानी तू मग्न हो रही है l

हमको दयामयी तू, ले गोद में पढ़ाओ l

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