Saraswati Puja is an important puja event, the first one in an year, normally held during January or early February ! It is essentially a puja for children and youth, especially for students – be it academic or cultural fields. School students, art students, dancing trainees, musical instruments players, for all this is the time to pray. Saraswati is the devi of learning. There are two types of Puja held – one in the homes, and, then there is community organised.
The first part is displaying colourful banners, a few weeks in advance, announcing the puja in a locality.
Then making a nice pandal or the puja arena. This is the most creative part. Buying a nice Saraswati idol or image and bringing the same, which is some times as big as life size, in the arena is a difficult task.
This is a one day event and early morning the children take a bath and small girls wears yellow sarees and boys nice colourful dresses and bring some books to the goddess of learning. After the priest performed the puja they all take the prasad – normally various fruits pieces.
Then in small groups they go for pandal hopping – going around to various puja arenas in the locality.
Next day by evening the idol will be immersed in Ganges river, if not in the nearest pond.
This year the Saraswati Puja was held on 1st February, 2017..