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How to do Vasant Panchami puja at home? - Procedure of Saraswati Puja On Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami puja is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and Lord Vishnu. Here is a brief idea on how to Vasant Panchami puja at home. The puja procedure on the day is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and therefore it is essentially a Saraswati Puja. How to do Vasant Panchami puja at home? Wake up early just before sunrise. Clean the house. Take bath. Wear yellow color clothes. Offer prayer to Ganesha. Keep a picture or painting or sculpture of Goddess Saraswati on a yellow color cloth. Light lamp using cow ghee. Use one wick. Do dhoop or agarbathi of fragrant yellow flowers. Offer yellow color flowers. Red sindoor should be offered. Yellow color chandan should be offered. Mix rice with kesar and prepare a sweet dish. It should be yellow in color. The Prasad should be later given to a cow. ॐ ऐं हृीं सरस्वत्यै नम : (om aim hreem Saraswatyai namah) chant the mantra 108 times using a chandan mala.

How Ramakrishna Taught Swami Vivekananda the Need of a Guru?

When Swami Vivekananda first visited Ramakrishna Paramahamsa he asked ‘I have read the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures several times, I lecture and give discourses on the Gita and Ramayana. Do I still need harbor of a saint; do I still need a guru?’ Ramakrishna didn't reply to Vivekananda's question. After a few days Ramakrishna called upon Vivekananda and handed him a parcel to be delivered at a nearby village a few hours away by the sea route. Early morning the boat and sailor would be ready and all he needed to do was to go to the village and deliver the parcel to the designated person. Vivekananda agreed and decided to start early. He found the boat and the sailor ready to put out to sea. Suddenly, upon sitting in the boat, Vivekananda realized that he didn't know the road to the village. He inquired of the sailor who had no clue, either. Vivekananda decided to go back to his guru to ask him the shortest way to the village. Upon this Ramakrishna said, ‘Nare