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Goddess Saraswati worshiped
: City celebrated Saraswati Puja on the occasion of Basant Panchami on Tuesday .

Basant Panchami is considered as one of the most auspicious days in the year for initiation of children into learning. Saraswati Puja is observed on the fifth day after the no moon night in the Hindu month of Magh.

Tuesday morning commenced on a festive note as city celebrated the first religious festival of the year – Saraswati Puja. From schools to households, people were busy appeasing the Goddess of knowledge, who is considered by the Hindus as the daughter of Goddess Durga.

Following the rituals, people place books near the Goddess’ statue or picture and worship her. Book-reading is not allowed on this day. Boys clad in traditional dresses and girls wearing yellow sarees, in most cases for the first time, make the festival all the more special.

Jamshedpur Women’s College, Graduate School College for Women celebrated Saraswati Puja at the campus. Teachers and staff members with the students offered prayer to Goddess Saraswati.

The lighting of lamps, offering flowers, chanting of Mantras and beautiful floral designs created before Mother Saraswati made the school’s environment pious. Students were in colourful dresses and enjoyed the Puja.

The Puja ended with the Prasad distribution. “Mainly on this day, students offer prayers to the goddess of knowledge and education Saraswati in schools and the colleges.

In the Jamshedpur Women’s College from where I have passed out, I had come specially to be the part of the celebrations here,” said Sangeeta Mahapatra, a former student.

Monika, a local student, said she had come for the Saraswati Puja hoping for better results. “We have come here for the Saraswati Pooja as Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and education so that we get good results,” said Monica.

Tradition has it that adults should not help children into learning, until the initiation ceremony is performed before Goddess Saraswati. A large number of children are initiated into learning at temples or at home in front of the idol of Goddess Saraswati.

Wearing bright yellow clothes signifying the onset of spring, devotees – mainly students and teenagers- lined up to seek the blessings of the goddess. Unmarried girls and boys clad in saris and kurta thronged various puja pandals across the city.

Although the puja is offered in the early morning, the celebrations continue through the day as students keep their books in front of the goddess for her blessings.

The day is unofficially considered as ‘no study’ day in Bengal with students not even touching their books.

“It’s a day we look forward to every year. The khichri and labra cooked as bhog (offering) in our school for the goddess always tastes very delicious.

We also have chutney and beguni (eggplant dipped in Bengal gram flour and deep fried). There is nothing like eating together with all our classmates,” said Joydeep Dubey, celebrating the occasion at his institution in Sakchi.

Vinay IAS Academy
Vinay I.A.S. Academy situated at Aambagan in Sakchi celebrated Saraswati Puja at its premises on Tuesday, Feb 4. To offer prayers priest where called in from Banaras.

Teachers of the academy where present for the occasion and even the teachers from Delhi branch joined in the celebration.

Ravi IAS Academy
Ravi I.A.S Academy situated at Sakchi celebrated Saraswati Puja at its premises on Tuesaday, Feb 4. For this occasion Ravishanka Rai Principal, teachers and students were present.

In this celebration students who passed in RRB exam this year Krishna, Aman, Sonali, Nagendar, Digvijay, Pratyusha and ex students of the academy were present in this occasion.

JITS Institution
JITS institution situated at Aambagan in Sakchi celebrated Saraswati Puja with fervor on Tuesday, Feb 4.

Guests for the occasion included the principal, faculty members and students of the institution.

After the completion of the puja students of JITS organized a program which ended with best wishes for the future to the passed out students.

Shriman Classes
Shriman Classes organized Saraswati Puja at the premises of Bodi Mandir on Tuesday, Feb 4.

Guest for the occasion included President of Jusco Shramik Union and ex president of Tata Workers Union Raghunath Pandey, Founder of Shriman Classes, faculty members and students. After the completion of the puja prasad was distributed among the people.

During this occasion Ragunath Pandey praised the faculty and the course material that they give to their student.

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