Falling in January or February, during the Hindu lunar month of Magh, Vasant Panchami is a festival which celebrates the beginning of Spring. It is sometimes known as Saraswati Puja.
As today is also the day when Hindus pay their respects to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom, the day is often called Saraswati Puja. Saraswati is usually depicted with four hands, clothed in white and seated on a lotus. The lotus symbolises the Goddess’ wisdom, the white cloth, her purity, and the four hands, the four aspects of the human intellect.
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