My early memories of Saraswati Puja are getting up early in the morning, Keeping fast, wearing new clothes, inviting or getting invited by friends around, and going for Puja in the community hall of the society.
The whole day the whole community is gripped with festive flavors.
On this day, morning would start with many Bhajans of Anuradha Paudwal, which would continue till the Priest arrives to the spot. And after Priest arrives, Uncles usually announce on the mic, “the Pooja is about to start,” then they would inform about Pushpanjali. Then when Pooja is over, the whole community would take prasad and, after that, have lunch.
Goddess Saraswati is considered the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, music, and performing arts. We usually celebrate Saraswati Pooja on the fifth day of the Lunar Calendar of Magha. This day also marks the celebration to usher spring season. In some places, Holi preparation starts in full swing.
On this day, tiny tots are introduced with letters by their parents in the presence of the Priest, by seeking blessing from the Goddess Sarawati.
Growing up in a diverse society also has its charm. I would see all Bengali families having proper Saraswati Pooja at their place where we would break our fast early(because community puja usually used to get over at 2 PM) and take Prasad.
On this day, what was more blissful was watching all these Bengali girls starting from age 2-3, mainly wearing Yellow-colored saree and moving around.
And in Odisha, you will see most schools and many tuition classes celebrating Saraswati Pooja. You will see all these happy kids wearing new clothes and flocking into the schools with “heavy expectations in the heart” of having a great time on school premises.
On this day, even having Khichdi, veggie fries, chutney, and Kheer would taste out of the world.
Well, on this day of Saraswati Puja, this is my experience. Let us know about yours by replying to us in the comment section.