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Vasant Panchami and Saraswati Pooja

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Dear All,

On February 1st, 2017 the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre will celebrate the festival of ‘Vasant Panchami’ and perform the ‘Saraswati Pooja’.

All students of the cultural center (previous & current) are welcome to attend this Pooja.
Time: 5:30 pm

 We begin with a prayer ceremony which lasts between 30-40 minutes. After that, students and teachers from each department (Kuchipudi, Katkak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Tabla & Sitar) are welcome to give a 5-7 minutes performance as an offering of their art to Goddess Saraswati. This will be an informal performance, so everyone (old & new) can participate.

Everyone is suggested to wear colors if White, Yellow, Orange or Mustard. (This isn’t mandatory)


What is Vasant Panchami & Saraswati Pooja?

Vasant means Spring & ‘Panchami’ means fifth day. In Northern India, the onsaught of Spring season brings fresh blooming of flowers especially, the mustard flowers. That is why the colours Yellow or bright Orange hold importantce on this festival.

It is also the day we pray to the Goddess Saraswati the supreme repository of all learning. She represents the union of power and intelligence from which the entire creation arises. She is the Goddess of the Vedas, scriptures, dancing, musical power and poetry. Vasant Panchami is treated by celebrants as Saraswati’s birthday. People worship Goddess Saraswati to attain enlightenment through knowledge and to rid themselves of lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance.

Saraswati Pooja is performed to invoke the blessings of Saraswati. Students pray to her to achieve success in their studies and writing instruments like pen, pencil, eraser, should be placed in the puja altar to be filled with the auspicious vibrations of prayer and chanting.