Vasanta Panchami heralds the advent of spring. This festival marks the first day of spring. In 2014, Vasanta Panchami date is February 4.
Vasantha means the spring. Magh-Shukla Panchami, which generally falls in the month of February is celebrated as Vasanth Panchami. The fields are mustard yellow with the ripening of crops. Yellow is a auspicious color – a color of spirituality.
Saraswathi is the consort of Lord Brahma and is the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge. She is the personification of knowledge – arts, science and crafts. She represents Shakti, creativity and inspiration and presents herself when the weather is complacent and Nature is in its full grandeur.
It is a season of inspiration and passion.
The most significant aspect of this day is that Aksharabhyasam (Vidhyarambham) is celebrated in large scale in the temple on Vasanta Panchami. Hindu children are taught reading and writing their first words on this day – as it is considered an auspicious day to begin a child’s education.
Saintly people and people inclined towards spiritual progress attach great importance to the worship of goddess Saraswati. As a practice, only educated people and men of principle worship goddess Saraswati for spiritual enlightenment. In their opinion, there can be no comparison between the king and the learned or the spiritually advanced. They believe that the king is honoured within his kingdom, whereas the learned are respected or worshiped throughout the world.
Basar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. The temple at Basar is also the abode of Goddess Lakshmi and Kali.