Did you know these facts about Basant Panchami?
Basant Panchami is celebrated across the Nation with different names by different communities. It is known as Saraswati Puja, also called Shree Panchami is celebrated by Hindu Community.
At Sufi shrines, it is celebrated as Sufi Basant.
In Punjab, Basant Festival is celebrated by flying kites. Also, it is observed in Gurdwaras as a Sikh festival.
In Bihar, the birthday of the Deo-Sun God is observed as Basant Panchami which is a harvest festival.
Basant Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of Magha Month (Hindi Calender) which is every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the month.
Basant Panchami is a spring-themed festival in Hindu culture. This day initiates the spring festive cycle and heralds its summation that occurs with Holi. The 40 day period between Basant Panchami and Holi corresponds with the 40 days of Rati's penance after her husband, Kamadeva was reduced to ashes for shooting the eye of Shiva with his love arrows.
Celebration of Basant Panchami honors Kamadeva the God of love, his wife Rati the Goddess of Romance, and his friend Basant (the personification of Spring).
In ancient Indian literature, Basant Panchami is associated with Shringara Rasam and the festival was celebrated in this tradition. All these rituals have a strong significance according to astrology. This time of the year, the sun gives the seventh aspect to the zodiac sign of Leo and the Magha nakshatra. The Leo sign is related to kids, learning, love, the strength of spirituality, and fun together.