What is Saraswati Puja?
Devi Saraswati, revered as the goddess of knowledge, language, music, and all arts, embodies creative energy and power in various forms, including longing and love. Saraswati Puja is a festival of Hindus from all over the world that marks the beginning of preparations for the spring season.
Spring, often hailed as the “King of all Seasons,” heralds the ripening of agricultural fields with the vibrant yellow flowers of the mustard crop, a hue associated with Maa Saraswati’s fondness.
On this auspicious day, people gather with babies and young children, encouraging them to make their first attempts at writing with their fingers (Haate Khori). Adorned in yellow saris, shirts, or accessories, participants share yellow-themed snacks and sweets, embracing the spirit of renewal and prosperity.
Saraswati Puja in Aylesbury
Saraswati Puja, a vibrant celebration of the goddess of knowledge, music, art, and wisdom, is observed with great fervour in Aylesbury, echoing the traditions of its Indian roots. Held annually, this auspicious occasion brings together the Indian community residing in Aylesbury, along with local enthusiasts, to pay homage to Maa Saraswati through prayers, devotional songs and cultural performances. The venue is adorned with colourful decorations, and an elaborate altar is set up to honour the goddess, adorned with flowers, incense and offerings. Devotees, dressed in traditional attire, gather to seek blessings for academic excellence, artistic pursuits and overall wisdom. The atmosphere is filled with joyous melodies, as musicians perform classical Indian music, while dancers grace the occasion with graceful movements. Families come together to partake in rituals and offer their respects to Maa Saraswati, reinforcing cultural ties and fostering a sense of community spirit in the heart of Aylesbury.