Maha Saraswati Day
Happy Maha Saraswati Day – Vasant Panchami
Saraswati’s birthday – Vasant Panchami – is a festival celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha, which falls during January-February!
Vasant Panchami is a festival full of religious, seasonal and social significance, but the most significant aspect of this day is that children are taught their first words on this day – as an auspicious day to begin how to read and write. Educational institutions organize special prayer for Saraswati.
She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus – the symbol of true knowledge – in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination.
Avirvabhuva tatpashchanmukhatah Paramatmanah’, that is, one who has her origin direct from the mouth of God is Saraswati. Saraswati manifests as Vak – speech, wherein reveals the world of name and form – material or abstract, present or past, celestial or terrestrial … all that is known or shall ever become known. The goddess of learning and intellect ‘jyotiswarupa’ – lustrous, Saraswati is the light within that illuminates beyond. As the supreme light, she imparts to the sun its power to reveal a form, and to man, his desire to discover the formless. Never ruthless, and hardly ever inclining to punish, the benign one bestows bliss and delight – always and on all, and if at all, eliminates maladies and ignorance or other forms of darkness. She operates as man’s creative faculty and is thus the root-source of literature, art, music and all – ever thought, conceived or created.
Saraswati has always represented operative aspect of cosmic existence. A long course of evolution shaped her image in the devotional mind, the purity of her being, lustre of her form, benignity of her mind, and ability to nourish have, however, been the same as ever.
May Great Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts,
bless you with free flow of wisdom and consciousness,
May the Mother of the Vedas bless you with Enlightening knowledge and speech,
May Her four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego bless you with full unfoldment of Cosmic reality.
Here is the famous mantras to bless you which is traditionally recited on this day!
Saraswati Vandana: Sanskrit Mantra:
Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha|
Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, Yaa shwetha padmaasana||
Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha|
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa||
“May Goddess Saraswati,
who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me.
May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance.”
Saraswati namastubhyam varade kamarupini
vidyarambham karishyami siddhirbhavatu me sada.
O Mother Saraswati, my humble prostrations to Thee who art the fulfiller of all my wishes. I start my studies with the request that Thou wilt bestow Thy blessings on me.
Yaya vina jagatsarvam shashvajjivanmritam bhavet
jnanadhidevi ya tasyai saraswatyai namo namah.
But for Thee the whole world would appear lifeless. Thou art the presiding deity of knowledge. Salutations to Thee, O Goddess of learning.
“The perfect orderliness of the Sanskrit language
creates orderliness and balance in the brain physiology,
expands the memory, and purifies the physiology.
When reciting the Vedic language, the brain functions from more silent levels,
increasing peace and harmony in the mind.”
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi