Jalandhar February 5 (Jaswinder Singh Azad)- PCM SD College for Women, Jalandhar celebrated ‘Basant Panchami’ in all its form and glory.
The day is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Magha. Basant Panchami is commonly known as ‘Saraswati puja‘. Goddess Saraswati, the embodiment of expansive reservoir of knowledge, language, music, and of arts is worshipped on this day.
Since Goddess Saraswati is associated with music, arts and knowledge, this day is also marked by the significant ritual of Vidhya Arambha. This ritual is about embarking young children towards education and formal learning. Hence, the respected members of the Managing Committee, Madam Principal and Members of the Staff wished good luck to the students for their ongoing exams.
The colour yellow is associated with Basant Panchami and spring, representing energy and yellow fields. Hence, the college premises was bedecked with vibrant yellow coloured flowers, kites and resplendent decorations. Everyone was dressed up in yellow attire to symbolise the energy, knowledge and enlightenment associated with this festival.
It is an established fact that this premier institution of ours always cherishes such festivals and rituals which make us cling to our roots and put us in cultural retrospection, specifically in terms of the utmost relevance it gives to the emblematic Goddess.
Principal Dr.(Mrs) Pooja Prashar initiated the festivities with the invocation of Goddess Saraswati. Holy hymns were chanted in praise of the Goddess. Flowers were offered to the Goddess of Knowledge.
Prasad was distributed among all. Students flew kites to enliven the age old yearly tradition of the festival as a mark of the advent of Spring season.
The event came to fruition as a result of the efforts put in by the Department of Home Science and that of Central Association.