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Saraswati Puja 2016

 Saraswati Puja 2016

Knowledge is knowing what to say and Wisdom is knowing when to say. A person who knows what and when to say will progress towards success. Thus, as per our Hindu Scriptures, we respect and worship the divine powers behind these qualities.The last three days of each Navratri are worshipped as days of Lord Saraswati. The first day is of the Avahan and the next day is the Saraswati Puja.


The Goddess Mahisasuramardini which means the ‘Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon’ is worshiped on the eighth day. This is called the Durga Ashtami.


Story Behind Saraswati puja


According to the Matsya Purana, Saraswati evolved from the mouth of Brahma. Such was her beauty and grace that Brahma pursued her. As she fled in different directions a head appeared and that is how Brahma is attributed with five heads. She is also known to have created Sanskrit, the language of the Gods.


Goddess Durga is said to have destroyed the monstrous demon, Mahishasur on this auspicious day, representing victory of good over evil.


Why is it Celebrated


Goddess Saraswati is called the mother of the Vedas, symbolising knowledge and wisdom. We thus, celebrate and worship the powers represented by Goddess Saraswati and seek her divine blessings.


Durga Shakti is the original cause of all the present or past worldly occurrences. Durga Shakti is called as Adhyashakti, Paramatma Shakti or Ati Prakrutika Shakti.




The Purva Ashadha Puja muhurat begins at 6:22 am on 9th October, 2016 to 12:07 pm .

Mahashtami, also known as Maha Durgashtami, is second day of Durga Puja. The auspicious Tithi begins at 9:24 pm on the 8th October, 2016 to 10:30 pm the next day.




It is good to pray to Goddess Saraswati at all times, specifically before exams or when seeking some important particular knowledge. The supreme soul is otherwise called Shakti (power). From this power, generates all forms of knowledge of the world .


Products to perform the puja


Goddess Saraswati symbolises clear knowledge and personification of one’s true inner self. Thus, her puja in the correct way shall always guide us towards the correct path:


  • Take a bath early in the morning.
  • The decorations if done for the Navrati shall suffice.
  • The Goddess Saraswati’s idol should be bathed with water, milk , panchamrit and then with water again.
  • Goddess Saraswati is worshipped with clothes symbolised by the molli and sindoor.
  • Naivedyam sweets may be made to be offered to the Goddess.
  • All books and important documents are placed before the Goddess on the eighth Navratri wrapped in a red or pink cloth. They are not touched on the Navami, and are then again picked up on the Vijaydashmi.
  • Maha Ashtami nine small pots are installed and nine Shaktis of Durga are invoked in them.
  • Young girls are treated as a form of Goddess Durga and worshipped with tilaks, molli and food.