According to the lunar calendar, Vasant Panchami is celebrated in the month of 'Maagh', which is the eleventh month of the year. This corresponds with the months of January and February. According to the solar calendar, the month of 'Maagh' begins when the sun enters the Aquarius constellation.
The festival signifies that knowledge is supreme, and prevails over ignorance. People worship goddess Saraswati to give them the determination and energy to pursue the wealth of knowledge, and help them be wise in their daily lives.
Like most festivals in India, there is an auspicious time to for the puja (prayer ritual). Here is the date and time for Vasant Panchami:
Muhurat for Vasant Panchami Puja - 07:12 hrs to 12:34 hrs (duration 5 hours and 21 minutes)
Panchami Tithi begins at - 03:41 hrs on February 1, 2017
Panchami Tithi ends at - 02:20 hrs on February 2, 2017
The color yellow signifies Vasant Panchami as it is related to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period. Goddess Saraswati is also draped in a yellow sari. People offer yellow sweets to their friends and family.
Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.