Saraswati Puja (Saraswati Triratra Vrata) is observed during the last three days during Durga Sharad Navratri festival in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.
In 2016, Saraswati Pooja begins on October 7 and ends on October 10. Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, is worshipped during these days.
Maha Saptami, Durgashtami, Mahanavami and Vijaya Dashami days are observed as Saraswati Puja.
In Maharashtra and some parts of Gujarat, Saraswati Puja starts with Saraswati Avahan on Maha Saptami and ends on Vijayadashami with Saraswati Udwasan or Visarjan.
Saraswati Puja Calendar:
- Saraswati Puja Avahan – Maha Sashti / Maha Saptami – Triratra vratam starts in Andhra Pradesh – 7 October 2016
- Saraswati Puja (main puja) – Maha Saptami – 8 October 2016
- Saraswati Uttara Puja – Durgashtami – 9 October 2016
- Sarasawati Visarjan or Udwasan – Mahanavami – 10 October 2016
In Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Saraswati Puja is observed on Vijaya Dashami, the last day of Durga Navaratri. Vidyarambham is the main event observed on Vijayadashami. This is one of the largest events during Navaratri in Kerala.
Vidyarambham is a grand event in Panachikkada Saraswathi temple in kottayam Thiruvullakkavu in Thrissur, the Mookambika Temple Vadakkan Paravur Temple in Ernakulam district of Kerala and the Mookambika temple in Udupi district of Karnataka.
In Andhra Pradesh, some parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Saraswati Puja is observed as Triratra vratam (three nights dedicated to the Goddess). In some places, during the days of Saraswati Puja, Suhasini Puja and Kanya Puja or Kumari Puja are observed.
In South India temples, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Maha Shashti (sixth day) during Navaratri. During Sharad Navaratri in Vijayawada Kanakadurga temple, on Mahasashti, Durga is worshipped in Maha Saraswati Devi alankaram.
In Bengal, Orissa and other Eastern parts of India, Saraswati Puja is observed on Vasant Panchami.