Maa-Saraswati-Pujan

How to do Saraswati Puja 

Maa Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of learning and all arts. Goddess Saraswati is often worshiped by students, professionals, artists and musicians to bestow artistic and technical skills, academic strength, knowledge and good health. Saraswati Puja is performed during the Hindu festivals Vasant Panchami and Navratri and you can perform Saraswati Puja whenever you want at your home to remember Maa Saraswati. To do this rule, first of all wake up early in the morning and take bath, clean your house, install your idol or idol, recite mantra and offer bhog.

Completion of morning rule:-

(1)Wake up between 5 and 8 am: It is the traditional practice to wake up early in the morning when Saraswati Puja is performed at home. You can set an alarm between 5 and 8 in the morning, or you can even wake up watching the sun shine through the window.
Give yourself at least 1 hour to complete this rule, although some people may take longer.

(2) Apply a paste made of neem and turmeric to your body. To make a paste, soak 20 or more neem leaves in hot water until they soften, then add the leaves. Sieve the leaves and then grind the leaves with a mortar and pestle. Then, add 1/4 teaspoon (1.2 grams) of ground turmeric to the pestle and mortar. Grind the paste, then apply a thin, even layer to your face, chest, arms, upper body, and legs.
* This paste is believed to have therapeutic and medicinal effects. For example, a paste of neem and turmeric helps in treating acne and creating healthy skin.
* Prepare more paste as needed.

(3) Take a bath in the water of neem and basil leaves: After applying the paste of neem and turmeric on your body, put 1–3 grams of neem and basil leaves in the bathtub. Soak in the tub for 15 to 30 minutes and rub off the neem and turmeric paste.
* This bath purifies the body and protects you from infection.

(4) Wear white or yellow colored clothes: After bathing, it is customary to worship wearing clothes of these colors. You can wear a skirt, sari, salwar-kameez, kurta-pajama.[4]
*Generally, the worshipers should wear clothes of only one of these colors, instead of clothes with a slight hue of both these colors. For example, you can wear white from head to toe, or you can wear yellow.
* Yellow color is considered a symbol of knowledge and education in Hinduism.[5]
* White color symbolizes purity, peace and wisdom.

Pratima and Kalash Staphan

(1) Clean your house a day before Saraswati Puja: Before starting the Puja, clean your house thoroughly. Clear the space and especially set all your books upright on the shelf. Use a natural cleaning product, such as castile soap, vinegar solution or essential oil, to clean your tools, computer, and laptop. [7]
* If you are not able to clean the day before, do so after you cleanse yourself.
* If you are doing Saraswati Puja as a celebration of Navratri, then everything should be cleared by the eighth day of Navratri.
* If you can't use a natural cleaning product, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. Natural cleaning is safer for the environment than harsh chemicals and is more pleasing to Goddess Saraswati.
* Since Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of learning, it is believed that she is pleased to arrange her library properly.

(2) Lay the white cloth on a high platform and place your idol on top. This is the base of your altar. You can use any piece of white fabric, such as silk or linen. Smooth the fabric with your hands so that there are no creases or creases. Then, place the idol of Goddess Saraswati on it in the middle.
* You can use your table as an elevated platform if you wish.
* The idol or picture of Saraswati Maa is often used as an idol.
* If you do not have a statue, you can use a photograph.


(3) Place an idol of Lord Ganesha on the side of Goddess Saraswati: In addition to worshiping Goddess Saraswati, the idol of Ganpati is often installed in the worship at home. Ganpati is the first worshiped deity and is often worshiped before any worship. After installing the idol of Saraswati Devi, place an idol of Ganesha on her side.[9]
Along with this, Ganpati is also celebrated as Vighnaharta and as the patron of arts and sciences.

(4) Decorate your platform with turmeric, kumkum, rice and flowers. Spread these materials around both the idols. You can use your fingers to spread the rice, garlands, and flowers, and you can also use a spoon to incorporate turmeric and kumkum together. Use white, yellow, red, blue and green flowers.
* Along with this, you can also keep these things in a small bowl and keep them around your statue.
* These things are often used to please Maa Saraswati.
* According to Hindu religion, each color has its own meaning. For example, the color red is a symbol of celebration and power. Yellow color represents wisdom and intelligence

It is The green color stabilizes the value. White color represents purity, peace and intelligence. Lastly, the color blue represents nature, courage and strength

(5) Keep books, musical instruments, and art supplies close to the altar of worship. Since the goddess Saraswati is associated with learning and art, it is customary to adorn the place of worship with objects of learning and art. If you want, you can also place these things under the table or near the statue. [12]
* You can also include a diary, pen, ink and paint brush if you wish.

(6) Fill the Kalash, place mango leaves and place betel leaves on top: A Kalash is a copper or brass vessel (lota) used in Hinduism, which has a wide base and a small mouth. Place the Kalash on your platform and fill it with water. Place a sprig of at least 5 mango leaves inside the pot. Then, place a betel leaf over the opening.
* Kalash represents creation.
* Mango leaves are used during worship as Lord's easy, and the water keeps this easy pure.


Complete the Pooja

(1) Chant Saraswati Puja Mantra to awaken Maa Saraswati: Take a deep breath and when you exhale, then recite this mantra: “Ya Kundendu Tushar Haar Dhavala or Shubhra Vastravrita, or Veena Vara Dandamandika or Shweta Padmasana. Or Brahmachyut Shankara Prabhutibhi Devi Sada Vandita, Sama Patu Saraswati Bhagwati Nisheshya Jadya Paha. Om Saraswatyai Namah, Dhyanartham, Pushpakam Samarpayami.
(2) Light a lamp and incense stick in front of the statue: Light a lamp in front of the elevated platform and place an incense stick burner in front of it. Light a diya and incense sticks using a lighter or match.
If you are lighting an oil lamp, handle the lamp with great care to avoid the risk of fire.
The light coming from the diya protects you during the invocation and incense sticks are offered to Goddess Saraswati.
(3) Offer offerings to Goddess Saraswati in the form of sweets and fruits: Prasad is a typical religious food commonly offered during Hindu ceremonies. When you complete the puja, you can offer mango leaves, fruits and sweets to Goddess Saraswati.
It is believed that with this the goddess comes pleased and leaves you with blessings and prosperity.
In the form of prasad, instead of eating the whole thing, a special thing is offered.
(4) Sit calmly for 5 to 15 minutes while seeking blessings from Goddess Saraswati: You can close your eyes and meditate during this time. In your mind, meditate on Goddess Saraswati and ask her to bless you and your scholarship or creative pursuit.
* As you can sit comfortably and peacefully till the incense sticks burn.
(5) Receive prasad and distribute prasad to your friends and family: When you complete this ritual, consume the fruits and/or sweets offered by you as prasad and share it with your family members and friends . It is considered as sharing good fortune and blessings with your near and dear ones.