Aksharabhyasam marks Vasant Panchami

Aksharabhyasam marks Vasant  Panchami
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Aksharabhyasam marks Vasant Panchami. The Saraswati Temple at Banjara Hills was swarming with devotees on Tuesday as they gathered to perform ‘Aksharabhyasam’ (initiation into the path of knowledge), for the children.

The Saraswati Temple at Banjara Hills was swarming with devotees on Tuesday as they gathered to perform ‘Aksharabhyasam’ (initiation into the path of knowledge), for the children. Vasant Panchami celebrates the birth of Goddess Saraswati, who according to Hindu mythology personifies knowledge, wisdom and learning.

This festival falls on the fifth day of the fortnight of the month of Magha. On Tuesday, students observed a fast from the morning, wore new garments and propitiated the Goddess to bestow them with learning and eloquence. They offered pushpanjali to the deity and then broke their fast.
At the temple, the programme started with a Saraswathi pooja, followed by Pushpanjali and Aksharabhayasam, where children were seen writing the names of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, with the help of their parents on a slate with a piece of chalk.
SK Chhottray, committee member of the temple trust, said, “The Goddess of learning is known as ‘Sreepanchami’ or ‘Vasant Panchami’. The words 'Sree' and ‘Vasant' are significant to the festival. 'Sree' is beauty and is the other name of 'Saraswati'. 'Vasant' is the season of spring, which brings beauty and pleasure to the earth. Therefore, it is a festival to welcome the beauty of Goddess Saraswati through worship.”
He added that the worship of Saraswati was prevalent since the Vedic Age, where she was referred to as 'Bacha'. During the Puranic Age, the tradition became more established and she was adored by a number of names.
At this stage, her form was conceived and accordingly images were drawn.
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