Vasant Panchami (also known as Basant Panchami) is a festival in honor of Goddess Saraswati, the hindu Goddess of education, learning and the fine arts (music, writing, painting, etc.). The festival is celebrated on the fifth (panch) day after the new moon (amavasaya) in the month of Magha according to the Hindu calendar (usually occurs in late January or early February). It marks the onset of spring (vasant) according to the Hindu calendar and is marked with great gaiety and celebrations all across the northern states in India.
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Saraswati Gayatri Mantra
The Saraswati Gayatri is a mantra written specifically to invoke Goddess Saraswati, in the 24-metre tradition of the original Gayatri Mantra. The transliterated version, along with the sanskrit version is given below:
AUM vaakdevayyI ch: viddhmahe
virinji patniyyI ch: dhImahi
tanno.n vaaNi prachodayaat.h.
Goddess Saraswati is universally recognized in Hinduism as the Goddess of learning and knowledge. Students in any and all fields of learning, particularly in music, education and arts, pray to Saraswati for success…
Gayatri Devi is an incarnation of Saraswati Devi, symbolising the shakti (strength) and dev (quality) of Knowledge, Purity and Virtue. Includes several audio extracts of the Gayatri Mantra which will help in correct pronunciation. Audio by Ravi Shankar, Ratan Mohan Sharma, Pandit Jasraj.
I am often asked the question whether a particular mantra can be chanted or recited by a particular person from a particular caste. I am also often asked if certain mantras can be chanted by women. The answer to all such questions was eloquently given by one of the greatest reformers of the 19th century and the founder of the Arya Samaj, Swami Dayanand Saraswati. A summary of his explanation, based on the Vedas, is as