Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja (Odia: ସରସ୍ୱତୀ ପୂଜା) or Basanta Panchami (Odia: ବସନ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚମୀ) is a Hindu festival, observed on the fifth day of the Indian traditional calendar month of Magha, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of January or February.

This festival is celebrated in every school of Odisha like Ganesha Puja. Many revere goddess Saraswati, the Hindu deity of learning, arts, and music. She is celebrated with visits to her temples, by playing music, as well as the day when parents sit down with their children, initiate them into writing letters of alphabet or study together. So on this day, the small children start to study, which is known as Khadi Chhuan (ଖଡ଼ି ଛୁଆଁ) in Odia.

Khadi Chhuan of Titun, son of Sweta apa. (ଖଡ଼ି ଛୁଆଁ)

* All these photographs are taken by Nitya Sahoo, Swetapadma Satpathy and Aanand.
* The sand arts for Saraswati Puja are created by Manas Sahoo and Padmashree Sudarsana Pattnaik.

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