The last three days of the nine-day Navratri festival is observed as Saraswati Puja by many Hindu communities especially in western and southern parts of
. Goddess Saraswathi, the Hindu Goddess of Knowledge and Learning, is worshipped during the period. Saraswati Puja 2016 during Navratri begins on October 9 and ends October 11 in most places especially in South India. India
Different Hindu communities have different method of propitiating and worshipping Goddess Saraswati during Navratri.
In western parts of
India especially in Maharashtra the rituals begin with Saraswati Avahan (October 7, 2016), Saraswati Pradan Puja (October 9) and Saraswati Balidan Puja (October 10) and Saraswati Visarjan (October 10).
In Kerala, the important Saraswati Puja is held on the last day of Navratri and on the Vijaya Dasami day. On the last day of Navratri all books are kept for Puja and is taken after proper rituals and worship on the next day which is observed as Vidyarambham day (October 11, 2016). Small children are initiated into the world of letters and knowledge on the day.
In Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the last three days of Navratri is dedicated to Saraswathi Puja and also involves the Ayuda Puja.
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