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Saraswathi Puja in Different Parts of India

Saraswati Puja, the worship of Hindu goddess of learning, is observed during Navratri or Navratra (September - October) for three days. Another important Saraswathi Puja is held in Magh month (January - February) on Vasant Panchami day in North India and Eastern parts of Indian. This is a major event in Bengal and Orissa. Yet another Sarasvati Puja is the Vidya Arambham in Kerala on the day after Navratri. On the Saraswathi Puja day, the most important event is the initiation of children into the world of letters.
Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, art and music, and wisdom. She represents the creative and inspirational aspect of Shakti.
During the three days of puja, the idol of Saraswati is dressed in white or yellow color. Fresh fruits and flowers are offered to Goddess Saraswati.
Saraswati Puja is also observed during Basant Panchami (January – February) in several parts of North India, Bengal and Orissa. This is observed on the fifth day after Amavasi in the Hindu mo…

Quotes Swami Vivekananda

This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others. He who has served and helped one poor man, seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race, or anything – with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.
Why, to the women of this country I would say exactly what I say to the men. Believe in India and in our Indian faith. Be strong and hopeful and unashamed, and remember that, with something to take, Hindus have immeasurably more to give than any other people in the world.

Never quarrel about religion. All quarrels and disputes concerning religion simply show that spirituality is not present. Religious quarrels are always over the husks. When purity, when spirituality goes, leaving the soul dry, quarrels begin and not before.
Swami Vivekananda