Indore: What Diwali is to Lakshmi, and Navaratri is to Durga, Basant Panchami is to the goddess of knowledge and arts, Saraswati. Praying to the goddess for blessing with more art in life, residents of Indore dressed in new clothes offered prayers to goddess Saraswati and celebrated the occasion with fervour on Monday.
According to the tradition, women brought home ingredients and prepared special ‘kesar halwa’ made from cardamom powder, flour, sugar and nuts for the auspicious occasion. The savoury also includes saffron which gives vibrant yellow colour and mild fragrance to it. Talking about the festival, homemaker Bhavisha Khatri said, “Food and fasting is an important part of celebrating a festival in our country.” She elaborated that her family fasted till the puja ended and opened the fast with delicious treats.
“Basant panchmi is a Hindu festival where we cherish the change of environment in different ways,” homemaker Akansha Jain said. She explained that as per Jainism ritual Basant panchmi is associated with ‘shringara rasam’ of the Jain temple. “We decorated the temple with flowers and played with Gulal on the occasion,” she added.
“I celebrate this festival with fervour. Being a professor, I play the role of messenger of education. I worship Saraswati, who is the goddess of ‘Vidhya’,” said prof Dr Shyamli Chowdhury. She added that the festival marks the beginning of spring season with joy and cheerfulness throughout India.
“For me, personally, this festival is really important for everyone because without knowledge and art the world cannot survive,” Shyamli said. She elaborated that we can gain money with hard work, but we cannot enjoy life without an artistic eye to view the world.