Festivals obviously is crystal clear reflection
Of a society as a whole is a dynamic one
And how best we respect our tradition.

Some festivals are seasonal in nature
Others are related to beliefs so prevalent
In all these, one common thread in all of these festivals
is that masses of all hues participate with huge gusto
Which fills the participants with positive synergy
While they take part with true strength of mind and zest.

Basant Panchami has religio-seasonal connotation
After tolerating the chilling cold of winter season
There has begun much awaited dawn of a season
Indeed so very pleasant in every manner of speaking
When Mother Nature too showcases its multi-coloured appearance
An exhibition of a carpet of yellow mustard plants
Which is one of the best Mother Nature colourful manifestation
People put on their yellow attire, so graceful indeed
And imbue all in natural yellow colour,
So stunningly elegant.

There is a legend attached to Basant Panchami festival
Lord Brahma, the Lord of all Creations
Happened to see earthwards
After witnessing the condition of his creation on the Mother Earth
He was so very saddened
The Mother Earth was bereft of any greenery
Since plant-life with its greenery embodies life in all its forms.
He scattered some water from His jar, so magical
To the huge revelation of all living beings
Lord Barahma too gifted greenery to the plants in abundance
A scenario so very delightful, without a doubt
Bringing in its wake brightness in natural spectacle
Bringing about verve and vigour in everybody’s life.

Lo and behold,
there appeared Maa Saraswati
The Goddess, the bestower of wisdom and erudition
Music, art and craft and knowledge besides education.
While inculcating love and light all around
Goddess Saraswati spreads positive energy too
So very suffusing with joy – full of life
Her advent brings in its wake greenery all around
Along with feeling so pleasing to the eyes
With affluence so abundant everywhere our eye could survey.

Maa Saraswati too is termed as the Goddess of Basant Panchmi!
When yellow flowers sprout in the fields – so very captivating.

Yellow or white flowers are also offered to Goddess Saraswati
Along with chanting of beej mantra
For earning her bountiful graces
Devout also put on yellow or white coloured clothes
In essence in sync with the occasion.

Even our food items exhibit yellowness
With saffron strands giving yellow colour
Emitting sweet fragrance everywhere.

People worship the musical instruments
Art, craft and all the learning mediums
For these are the gifts of Goddess Saraswati
Processions in the honour of the Goddess are also taken
To beseech Her to bestow humans the knowledge and wisdom
Along with power to find the difference between truth and deception
Her four hands symbolize ego, intellect, alertness of the mind
Her white dress symbolizes transparency and purity
And she loves truth in all forms
Her postures of sitting too has vast meaning.

Our humble prayers to Thee O Goddess Sarasvati
The embodiment of learning, art and craft, so very enriching
We implore Thee O Goddess to remove illiteracy
And ignorance/darkness from our midst
And bring forth the dawn of enlightenment with love and light
Remove ego as You are the giver of wisdom
And do imbue us all in THY INDELIBLE COLOUR.
My special prayer to Thee Maa Saraswati
To bestow us humans sagacity
Since Thou are possessor of love & light in abundance
Can usher in peace and prosperity
Between warring Russian & Ukrainians
With no hint of stopping even after ten years and counting
I pray to Thee most generous in distributing
Knowledge, art and craft, skill along with kindness
To fill up the countries at war with compassion for each other
And help instill a feeling of peace and tranquility
So that both sides sort out their differences sitting across
With warm smile on their lips bereft of ill feeling for each other
Thus neutralizing Illwill, bad feeling and animosity
And create a feeling of understanding
Overflowing with love and not with hostility.

As Thee O my Maa so compassionate
Thou has the prowess to change our destinies
Pray change the mindset of warring ones
So that their citizens live in harmony
Let them toss rose petals at each other
Rather than bombs and missiles as is being done presently!!


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