President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Sunday, Feb 10) extended their greetings on the occasion of Basant Panchami 2019.
President Ram Nath Kovind took to twitter and wrote:
“Greetings to fellow citizens on Basant Panchami, Sri Panchami, and Saraswati Puja. May this festive occasion, which heralds spring and celebrates learning, spur us to expand the frontiers of education and knowledge in our families, our society and our country.”
Greetings to fellow citizens on Basant Panchami, Sri Panchami and Saraswati Puja. May this festive occasion, which heralds spring and celebrates learning, spur us to expand the frontiers of education and knowledge in our families, our society and our country #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 10, 2019
Prime Minister Modi in his greetings wished for blessings of knowledge and goodwill for all.
“Many greetings to citizens on the festival which symbolises new energy, new ambition and new vigor- Basant Panchami. I wish that Goddess of learning mother Saraswati will provide knowledge and goodwill to all,” he tweeted in Hindi.
नव उमंग, नई ऊर्जा एवं नव स्फूर्ति के प्रतीक-पर्व बसंत पंचमी की सभी देशवासियों को ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं। मेरी कामना है कि विद्या की देवी मां सरस्वती सबको ज्ञान एवं सद्बुद्धि प्रदान करें।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 10, 2019
Basant Panchami is also dedicated to the goddess of knowledge, arts and music, Saraswati, who is worshipped on this day.
Saraswati Puja is popular in West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is believed that if the goddess is worshipped she will bestow gifts of learning on her devotees.
In Punjab, people celebrate the festival with gusto dressed up in yellow and also fly kites.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also greeted the nation on the eve of Basant Panchmi.
Meanwhile at Prayagraj, lakhs of devotees took a holy dip at Kumbh Mela on the occasion, including Sadhus from the various akharas.
A large number of devotees thronged the Ghats here at the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati to take a dip in the holy waters on this religiously significant occasion.
Basant Panchami is being celebrated across the nation today with religious fervor and traditional gaiety.