For Devendra, a florist in Noida extension, today is a happy day, as his flower stall saw many customers looking for flowers on Basant Panchami. "People came after a long time. As Goddess Saraswati loves marigold flowers, people from all societies came to me for garlands made of marigold flowers”.
People across Noida celebrated Basant Panchami with great zeal. People were seen dressed up in the traditional attires in yellow to celebrate Basant Panchami. Societies organized small ceremonies where Sarswati maa was worshipped and traditional sweets were distributed.
The colour yellow is synonymous with Basant Panchami. It is said that the bloom of mustard flowers take place during this period.
Ska Greenarch in Noida extension celebrated the festival with full fervour. They started with a pooja at 9.30 am, and kirtan was done at 10.30 am. Maha Prasad was distributed among. Several residents of the society enjoyed this function with their families.
Children, dressed up in yellows were seen enjoying the ceremony. Many parents came with their small kids to perform the Vidhyaaarambh sanskaar. This ritual involves keeping stationery near the deity of Maa Sarawati to pray for progress in studies.
Pankaj Dwivedi, resident of SKA Greenarch said, “According to the Hindu scriptures, it’s believed that it was on the day of Basant Panchami that Goddess Saraswati appeared from the mouth of her father Lord Brahma to spread the light of enlightenment in the universe. Hence, Saraswati Puja is worshipped on Basant Panchami with special prayers to the Goddess of wisdom to grant the boon of knowledge. For this, we all are gathered here today in our society’s temple”.
Nisha Sharma, who is the mother of very cute daughter Aradhya said, “ On this day people worship Goddess Saraswati who is the symbol of prosperity. It is also believed that Basant Panchmi is one of the most auspicious days to get married. Our daughter is lucky for us and we are a disciple of Goddess so we kept her name after the Goddess."
Elderly residents of society also graced the celebrations. They enjoyed the kirtan by sitting on the lawn in the warm sun.
Sony Pandey, priest, after performing the pooja, “I am serving this society’s temple since July and this is the first time I am seeing this good a gathering because Covid is in check. We are happy that we can perform the pooja of Devi Maa with so many flowers, colours and people”.
In Himalaya pride Noida extension, a Saraswati pooja was organized by the Bengali samaj. Members of Bengali samaj: Satyam Chakravarti, Soma, Shantanu Chatterjee, Subir, Priyanka, Bani, Preety, Somya Bose were seen enjoying themselves.
Subir Bhattacharjee and Srabani Bhattacharjee, residents of Himalaya Pride, Noida extension says, “ The colour yellow symbolises knowledge and also denotes mustard fields that are associated with the arrival of the spring season. We all are celebrating the day by wearing yellow outfits, worshipping goddess Saraswati and eating traditional dishes. ”
Sudhanshu Dutt, a resident of La Salora in Sector 16, Noida, celebrated Basant Panchami with a small and intimate ceremony. Prayers took place worshipping Maa Saraswati followed by the distribution of sweets.
City Spidey wishes its readers a very happy Basant Panchami