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या कुन्देन्दु तुषारहार धवला, या शुभ्र वस्त्रावृता !
या वीणावरदंडमंडितकरा, या श्वेत पद्मासना !!
या ब्रह्मास्च्युत शंकर प्रभृतिर्भिरदेवाः सदाबंदिताः
सा मां पातु सरस्वती देवी, या निशेष जाड़यापहा !!
During the creation of this universe, Devi Mahalakshmi seemed principal and aroused Lord Shiva,Vishnu and Brahma. When the Tridev appeared, Devi Mahalakshmi wished all Tridevas to create Goddesses as their abilities and talents. Bholenath also known as Lord Shiva aroused Maha Kaali from Tamogun, Lord Vishnu aroused Devi Lakshmi from Rajogun and Lord Brahma aroused Devi Saraswati from Satvagun. After the three Goddesses appeared then Mahalakshmi gifted them to the gods who educed them to run the universe.
Saraswati Puja in North Bengal
Siliguri is also known as the ‘City of Hospitality’ where all the festivals are celebrated with lots of passion and taste. Saraswati Puja is one among the big festival occasion in Bengal which takes place between January and February. Saraswati puja festival is celebrated with great ceremony and expression. This festival is celebrated in almost every locality of Siliguri. In this occasion people get together and assemble at the puja pandal to celebrate the festival. Kids are very enthusiastic about Saraswati puja. During this occasion kids and students pray to the goddess Saraswati for their academic success.
Maa Saraswati, Goddess of learning, wisdom and knowledge is ready to bestow her blessings on devotees on Saraswati Puja, the youngsters, educational institutes, college, school and coaching centres and local Puja Pandals. All the Students of Schools,colleges,universities obligate strategic plans to mark the festive in the prestigious way. Different universities are also rising up to entreat the dedications and blessings of Goddess Saraswati(Veena Dhari) in grace, with piety and happiness. All the educational institutions are fully decked with illuminations and floras. Police department are also organized to crisscross the violent gathering of money in the term of contribution for Puja.
Goddess Saraswati is also reflected the Devi of sculpture and is also adored by peoples associated to this arena. On this period the students also worship the books, copies and pens along with the Goddess Saraswati. Artists,musicians worship their instruments and the Portraitists worship their paint-brushes and colors.
According to standard belief, Goddess Saraswati cascades prime blessings on persons who costumes themselves with yellow dress on the era of Basant Panchami.Saraswati Puja is also well-known as Basant Panchami, the fiesta signs the commencement of spring and is feted on the fifth day of the Hindi month of “Magh”. The city of Siliguri observes the mutiny of colors on the event as students,teachers and youths would play “Gulaal”.
While performing Saraswati Puja, the idol of Goddess Saraswati is to keep in front. Afterwards, pinnacle or Kalash is treasured and Lord Ganesha and navgrah (Nine Planets) are also adored. After this process Goddess Saraswati is being worshiped. After this,flowers,garlands,vermillion and other make up things are offered. On this Day, gulaal is also offered on the feet of lord Saraswati.
Lord Saraswati wears white clothes so she ought to be glazed with that. On the juncture of Saraswati pujan,yellow flowers are to be presented and seasonal fruits and boondiyas are offered as Maha Prashad. On this event, Malpua and kheer are also offered to the goddess Saraswati.