Devi Saraswati, who personifies universal intelligence, is believed to be born on Basant Panchami, the fifth day (waxing fortnight) of the lunar month Magha. The occasion is considered most appropriate for remembering this form of the Mother Goddess, who wears a white dress and celestial ornaments, holds a veena and a book, and uses a swan as her vehicle. Dairy products, white-colored sweets, fruits and other sattvic eatables, white flowers, and sandal paste are offered to the Goddess in temples and homes while reciting her mantras and stutis with devotion. Some students of the arts and Vedic branches of learning show their reverence by beginning their coursework on this auspicious day.
In a world that is trapped by ignorance but has learned to laugh at the intellectually weak, the blessings of Saraswati are said to remove the cause of suffering. As the Srimad Devi Bhagavata tells us, even saints have regularly requested Devi Saraswati for knowledge, memory, teaching aptitude, talent, and analytical power. And her blessings have been responsible for the creativity and brilliance in Brihaspati, Shukracharya, Valmiki, Ved Vyas, and the other rishis. Thankfully, her mercy has never been limited to the big names but is known to turn commoners into famous scholars or enlightened saints. Beings continue to gain her grace and protection through her remembrance.
Happy Birthday to Goddess Saraswati!
tamso ma jyotirgamaya