Saraswati Puja – Worshipping the Goddess of Wisdom

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The day of Saraswati Puja coincides with what we Bengalis call – Basanta Panchami. Basanta – refers to the season – Spring, while Panchami specifies the 5th day in this lunar cycle. In addition to the significance of being the day when, we Bengalis, pray to the goddess of learning and knowledge, it also marks the arrival of Spring. Ma Saraswati embodies learning, and arts. As a result, anyone connected with the world of knowledge and arts, partakes in this worship. This is also the day we Bengalis consider to be the most auspicious for a child to start learning. The “Hathe khori” was an important part of Saraswati Puja.

Our theme for this year’s virtual celebration is to depict our learning through our life. Yes, it starts with the “Hathe Khori”, but it does not end ever. In these days of COVID lockdown, we will not be having the “Haathe Khori” this year. Details of the Saraswati Pujo celebration is available on the Prabasi website.

Friends, in response to your appeal for reduction of the annual membership fee last year and the readjustment, we are now faced with a budget shortfall for the Saraswati Pujo. Though vastly reduced over past years, the cost is still something that we would request your help with. We have raised a fair bit to help with this, but we are still falling short. Any help you can extend will be greatly appreciated. Given the COVID situation, sponsorships from our past sponsors are not available and the “Stall rental” is also not available to us. We will provide a complete breakdown of the cost we incurred for 2021 Saraswati Pujo (and other events) during our GBM. Any help from you, in whatever amount, will help us cover the cost for the Pujo. We have tried to be as frugal as we can in organizing this event and will be incurring only the basic costs for Puja Samagri, Purohit and miscellaneous expenses. Individuals have already stepped in to help with this fund raising effort and every bit your help will be appreciated.

The day of Saraswati Puja coincides with what we Bengalis call – Basanta Panchami. Basanta – refers to the season – Spring, while Panchami specifies the 5th day in this lunar cycle. In addition to the significance of being the day when, we Bengalis, pray to the goddess of learning and knowledge, it also marks the arrival of Spring. Ma Saraswati embodies learning, and arts. As a result, anyone connected with the world of knowledge and arts, partakes in this worship. This is also the day we Bengalis consider to be the most auspicious for a child to start learning. The “Hathe khori” was an important part of Saraswati Puja.

Our theme for this year’s virtual celebration is to depict our learning through our life. Yes, it starts with the “Hathe Khori”, but it does not end ever. In these days of COVID lockdown, we will not be having the “Haathe Khori” this year. Details of the Saraswati Pujo celebration is available on the Prabasi website.

Friends, in response to your appeal for reduction of the annual membership fee last year and the readjustment, we are now faced with a budget shortfall for the Saraswati Pujo. Though vastly reduced over past years, the cost is still something that we would request your help with. We have raised a fair bit to help with this, but we are still falling short. Any help you can extend will be greatly appreciated. Given the COVID situation, sponsorships from our past sponsors are not available and the “Stall rental” is also not available to us. We will provide a complete breakdown of the cost we incurred for 2021 Saraswati Pujo (and other events) during our GBM. Any help from you, in whatever amount, will help us cover the cost for the Pujo. We have tried to be as frugal as we can in organizing this event and will be incurring only the basic costs for Puja Samagri, Purohit and miscellaneous expenses. Individuals have already stepped in to help with this fund raising effort and every bit your help will be appreciated.