Saraswati Puja in Rome – 2017

Photo & Text: Stefano Romano

 

Celebration for Saraswati Puja, the goddess of learning, wisdom, knowledge, fine arts, refinement, science and technology in Hinduism, the second biggest Puja (prayer) after Durga Puja. With the Bangladeshi and Indian community of Torpignattara in the “Om Hindu Mandir” Temple.

Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of learning, wisdom, knowledge, fine arts, refinement, science and technology. Vasant Panchami is treated by celebrants as Saraswati’s birthday. People worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and to rid themselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance.

The day before Vasant Panchami in Nepal, Saraswati’s temples are filled with food so that she can join the celebrants in the traditional feasting the following morning. In temples and educational institutions, statues of Saraswati are dressed in yellow and worshiped. Most educational institutions arrange special prayers or pujas in the morning to seek blessing of the Goddess. Poetic and musical gatherings are held and children are initiated to learn the alphabet and are often taught to write their first words. This ritual of initiating education to children is known as Akshar-Abhyasam or Vidya-Arambham/Praasana, one of the famous rituals of Vasant Panchami. Older students clean their pens and inkwells but abstain from reading or writing on this day.[5] In Bengal, idols of Saraswati are taken on procession and immersed in the holy Ganga.

The color yellow plays an important role in Vasant Panchami as it is related to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period. Celebrants usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshiped in a yellow dress, and sweet saffron rice and yellow sweets are consumed within the families.

Saraswati Puja is a “great day to inaugurate training institutes and new schools – a trend made famous by the renowned Indian educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861-1946), who founded the Banaras Hindu University on Vasant Panchami day in 1916.”

Accordingly, Saraswati Puja has grown in popularity in recent years and is associated with schools generally. The festival is fast becoming or indeed has become a pan North Indian festival.

 

Rome – 1 February 2017

 

 

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6 Comments to "Saraswati Puja in Rome – 2017"

  1. daripada nunggu kiriman .Hahahahaha  14 February, 2017 at 02:01

    Foto-foto yang indah-indah
    Terimakasih .

  2. Lani  10 February, 2017 at 01:18

    James: OMG! 40C amit2 dah……….ndak jd ke tempatmu nanti bisa jadi BBQ hahaha

  3. James  9 February, 2017 at 15:04

    ci Lani, weekend ini hadir di Sydney yuk ? tolong kipasin si James sebab weekend ini Jumat akan 41-43C, Sabtu 43-47C dan Minggu 41-44C, masak telor ceplok diatas kap mobil juga pasti mateng deh, summer ini banyak sekali diatas 40 C

  4. Lani  9 February, 2017 at 04:07

    James: hadir kenthir Kona……..tunggu yg dr Canada, Brazil dan bang Djas lama tdk mencungul

  5. Linda Cheang  8 February, 2017 at 15:05

    Aku suka dengan kesan eksotiknya perayaan puja Saraswati ini.

  6. James  8 February, 2017 at 14:51

    1…..mampir sembari absenin para Kenthirs

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