Saraswati Puja celebrated

Staff Correspondent

17 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Saraswati Puja celebrated

A Hindu priest hands over a set of new books and notebooks to a child after she seeks the blessings of Goddess Saraswati, the personification of knowledge, arts, science and crafts, during Saraswati Puja at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University on Tuesday. —SUN photo

Saraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated across the country on Tuesday on a limited scale maintaining health guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The puja is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh every year as it is believed that the deity was born on this day.

The day is also known as ‘Vasant Panchami’.

Hindu devotees, especially students, celebrate the puja at different educational institutions and temples as Saraswati is considered as the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. Due to the closure of educational institutions this year the whole celebration of Saraswati Puja was mostly based on the households and temples.

Usually Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall becomes the centre of Saraswati Puja celebration in the capital. Different departments of DU organise puja separately there.

Yet Saraswati Puja was held at different temples and institutions in the capital. Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee organised Saraswati Puja at Dhakeshwari National Temple.