Vasanta Panchami is observed on Magha Shukla Panchami, the fifth day in Magha month. In 2018, Vasant Panchami date is January 22.
This festival is a jubilant occasion in Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple in Adilabad district of Telangana. Vidyarambham or Aksharabhyasam is the main ritual in Saraswati temple on Saraswati Panchami during which children between two and three or five years old are initiated into the world of knowledge (into letters).
Aksharabhyasam means ‘initiation of knowledge gaining. Basara Saraswati temple is one of the important venues where Vidyarambham is performed socially. On Basant Panchami, thousands of people visit the temple and initiate learning to their kids.
‘Sri Ganapathaye Namah is the Aksharabhyasam mantra written on sand or on rice and the child writes the mantra again and again for five times. After that ‘Om Saraswathyei Namah is the mantra which is written on the slate.
Devotees believe that Veda Vyasa Maharshi observed severe penance at Basara along the Godavari river bank and installed the idol of Gnana Saraswati Devi.