Teej festival - Pashipatinath nabij Kathmandu

Festivals in Nepal - Shree Panchami or Basant Panchami


Shreepanchami always falls on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the Nepalese calendar of Magh (13th Feb, this year). Its arrival traditionally marks the advent of spring and offers an exciting festive opportunity to the spring enthusiasts to celebrate the occasion. One of the most important aspects of Shreepanchami is Vasant Shrawan signifying the listening to the ceremonial singing of the classical spring song at Hanuman Dhoka Palace at Kathmandu. His Majesty the king accompanied by many high-ranking government officials attends the ceremony. Ceremonial salute guns boom into the air to mark the occasion while the royal priests chant prayers to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and fine arts. Swaraswati symbolizes the embodiment of spiritual knowledge. She is regarded as Vidhya, the knowledge incarnate. She is also called Adyaa meaning the ever existing one.

In art form, Saraswati is generally shown seated on a full blown lotus. She is pure white in her material from and wears a lovely spotless sari. Her mount is the swan, the symbol of her discriminating power. Her four-armed image is very popular. Two of her lower hands hold a veena, a typical classical musical instrument which indicates her love for music. Her upper right hand hold a rose which symbolizes her meditational nature and her left hand hold a book symbolizing her knowledge and vision. She is also shown sometimes with her lower right hand in the boon giving gesture.



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