Saraswati Puja, also referred as Saraswati Triratra vratam, is observed during the last three days in Durga Navratri festival in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Saraswati Puja 2011 starts on October 3 and ends on October 5. Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, is worshipped during these days.
Saraswati Puja 2011 Calendar and dates of Devi Triratra vratam 2011:
Saraswati Puja Avahan – 3 October 2011 – Maha Saptami – Triratra vratam starts in Andhra Pradesh
Saraswati Pujan – 4 October 2011 – Durga Ashtami (Maha Ashtami)
Saraswati Balidan or Visarjan – 5 October 2011 – Maha Navami
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 Kerala, Saraswati Pooja is also observed on Mahanavami.
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 2011, the date of Maha Saraswati Devi Puja in Kanakadurga temple of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh is 3 October 2011 (Moola Nakshatra Saraswati Puja).