About Saraswati Pooja
Saraswati is the Goddess of learning. She is an embodiment of knowledge, intelligence, and wisdom. She is the divine consort of Brahma, the God of creation and is counted as one among the three supreme Goddesses, the other 2 being Lakshmi and Parvati. Saraswati is regarded as the Goddess for all kinds of arts and sciences. She is also believed to be the giver of speech to the human race and hence is known as Vak Devi, the Goddess of speech and sound. She is looked upon as the mother of the ancient holy texts Vedas. She can bestow one with success and peace of mind, and also bless devotees with expertise in academics and arts. This provider of knowledge and wisdom is worshipped with fervor by students, artists, and persons in creative pursuits and all others who strive to learn to rise to higher levels in life.
Saraswati stands as a symbol of purity and white remains as her favorite color. She is depicted as a beautiful deity, who is dressed in pure white garments and is seated on a white lotus or swan, which symbolizes truth and knowledge. She holds in her four hands the Vedic texts, which remain the source of all knowledge; a rosary, the Spatik mala, which denotes the meditative power; and a vessel of sacred water, which can purify and rejuvenate. She is also normally seen playing on the musical instrument Veena, from the vibrating strings of which are believed to flow all the creative instincts of the world.
Saraswati Pooja is ritualistic worship performed for pleasing the Goddess and receiving her divine grace.
Why Perform Saraswati Pooja
Saraswati Pooja can act as a panacea for many of the ills plaguing children, students, artists and all seekers of knowledge. This should be performed specially by or on behalf of children who are getting initiated into studies or into any art forms; young people who are found to be slow in comprehension; students who want to go for higher studies or advanced courses; and those in creative pursuits, who wish to gain mastery in their chosen field and make a name for themselves.
When to Perform Saraswati Pooja
The Goddess of learning should be worshipped on all days by all knowledge-seekers. However, there are some particular days which are considered efficient for this pooja. Panchami thithi, the 5th lunar day is believed to be especially auspicious for performing this pooja, as that can earn for the people the abundant grace of the Goddess. Thursdays, Fridays and the periods of Guru Hora also remain as the recommended days and times for this worship.
Benefits of Saraswati Pooja
Saraswati is the personification of knowledge and purity and performing this pooja with devotion and faith can bestow proficiency, success, and peace of mind on the people. This can drive out the darkness of ignorance and illuminate minds with knowledge, providing devotees with a sharp intellect, confidence, and expertise in various art forms, communication skills, and oratorical powers. With the blessings of the Goddess, people can also strive to become great scholars.