Friday, 19 October 2007

Saraswathi Pooja - Updated with pics

Saraswathi Pooja / Ayoudah pooja is a hindu festival celebrated in all parts of India. It is an auspicious day when students offer their books to goddess Saraswathi , who bestows them with knowledge and wisdom. She is known as the godess of learning. It is one happy day for children as they don' have to study at all :)

All the schools/Offices/Universities remain close on this day to celecrate this festival. In offices no machines or computers will be used normally (jus' like books in the cases of children) . All equipments are cleaned and will be kept neatley.

After the poojas are carried out the machines are left to rest for the day,following which the prasadams consisting of puffed rice, fruits , sweets made of jaggery and "sundal" (boiled lentils) are distributed among everyone.

The day following Saraswathi pooja is Vijayadasmi, is considered auspicious to start any new thing that day. So, certain school also enroll students in the primary classes on that day.

I usually went to my mom's office during Saraswathi pooja when I was a kid , as there was a lot of events happening. It is also a day to thank the people who have helped you on your studies/career . So, tomorrow morning I got to get up early to celebrate Saraswathi pooja .Will post the pics tomorrow :)
Here are a few pics of the celebrations at home..

At the flower bazaar, shopping for garlands...

Sweets to celebrate the occasion :) ..Yum!!


Entrance of my home decorated with garland




The Kolam I made at the entrance of our house..


During the pooja..



Books and fruits being offered..



Traditional South Indian meal




Have a great weekend everyone!

14 comments:

Shionge said...

This is so wonderful and glad to know that you are so proud of your culture too :D

I have enjoyed this, thank you my dear friend.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Nice,enjoy and pray well for inner peace.
TC
CU

CM-Chap said...

I'm sitg here and missing it.. :-( Hope to enjoy Diwali in India... :-)

Anonymous said...

kalakkarai po.
sudhakar

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

Thanks Shionge :)

@CU

Sure, thanks! Wish you a lovely day too!

@cm-chap
I understand,don' worry you will have a lovely time during diwali in India :)

@Sudhakar
Thanks :)

curryegg said...

Happy coming deepavali my friend! ;)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

Thnaks Curryegg :)

Drama Div@ said...

we are going to celebrate the Festival of Lights soon.. another public holiday.. yahooo...

Drama Div@ said...

i saw at my office lobby this morning, a Rangolis; a picture of colorful peacock... very nice

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

That's lovely Diva.. Have a nice time and enjoy your holidays :)

whAt A LiFe said...

vada payasam virundhe than pongga. Sweets looks super....

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

Thanks Shanthini akka :)I had a yummy meal.. Jus' waiting for diwali to have more :p

Beautiful Mind said...

This was great..last two years forgetting these festivals..so bad..

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Beautiful mind

Thanks:)Hope you get to celebrate the coming festival season, have fun!