According to popular belief, goddess Saraswati, the deity of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology, was born on this day and people worship her to achieve wisdom.
Basant Panchami was celebrated in the Northern and Eastern part of India with satiety and religious fervour with the yellow colour being predominant during the celebrations. In many institutions, after Saraswati Pooja, yellow Kesar halwa or sweet rice was distributed as ‘prasadam’.
On the day, we sanctify our books, pens, and pencils placing them near the goddess and further it is used by the students as well perform a traditional ritual of initiating children to learning which is known as Akshar-Abhyasam smearing their foreheads with yellow colour. However, this tradition is dying in Jaipur
- “Yellow is an important colour in Hinduism and the word ‘Basant’ has it origin from yellow colour which depicts the glory of nature and positive energy on the arrival of spring. That is why, on Basant Panchami, yellow Boondi ladoos, Kesar halwa and yellow sweet rice are prepared which is a common offering to the Goddess Saraswati who signifies learning and wisdom
- Yellow stands for 3Ps:- Positivity, Participation and Purity and are of utmost significance in the Hindu religion, he explained Sharma who was wearing a yellow turmeric ’tilak’ on his forehead on Basant Panchami. On this day, we Brahmins, worship goddess Saraswati to get enlightenment with knowledge and wisdom.
- This day is also considered as an auspicious day to begin work. Interestingly, the colour yellow holds great significance during Basant Panchami as it is associated with the colour of mustard flowers that bloom during this season, so wearing yellow is also encouraged. It is also considered very auspicious to get married or perform house warming ceremony (griha Pravesh) on the day of Basant Panchami.
- ‘Yellow’ is the dominant colour of this festival as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops. The mustard fields in North India blooms during this season giving a yellow coat to nature. People wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers to Goddess and put a yellow, turmeric tilak on their forehead. They visit temples and offer prayers to various gods. New clothes are purchased for this festival and many delicious dishes prepared for this particular occasion.
- Yellow colour imparts balance:-In Vaastu, we give importance to colours and their impact on our lives. Yellow helps our inner soul to stay balanced all through.
- Yellow imparts health:- Yellow is a very prominent shade of fruits which means health and well being.
- Yellow means Hope:-The colour Yellow is also the colour of Hope. The colour of life and of staying positive.
- Yellow imparts strength:- The shade of yellow attracts all which has to do with strength and perseverance.
- Yellow marks end of winters:-Yellow also called Basant in Hindi marks the end of winter season and beginning of spring. The beginning of sunshine, of bright and sunny days.