The fourth and last day of the Saraswati Puja celebrations during the Navratri period is observed as Saraswati Visarjan day. It is observed on the ‘dashami’ (10th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Aswin’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, this date falls between the months of September-October. This day is also commonly referred as ‘Saraswati Udvasan’. Saraswati Visarjan is celebrated as the day to bid adieu to Goddess Saraswati and devotees pray for Her return every year. In the states of Goa, Maharashtra and southern regions of India, the celebrations of Saraswati Puja begins with ‘Saraswati Avahan’ on ‘Maha Saptami’ and comes to end on ‘Vijayadashami’ with the observance of ‘Saraswati Visarjan’.

Saraswati Visarjan 2017 was on September 30 Saturday

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Saraswati Visarjan

Goddess Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

Rituals during Saraswati Visarjan:

  • Any puja in Hindu traditions like Saraswati Puja starts with invoking the Goddess in a ‘murti’ or idol. After completing the rituals, the puja ends by requesting the presiding deity to depart. Visarjan is a word of Sanskrit origin that implies the final rite of respectfully requesting the departure.
  • Devotees get up early on the day of Saraswati Visarjan and wear traditional clothes. Women adorn themselves with ornaments and there is a custom of applying vermillion on each other’s forehead. Special sweets and meal is prepared on the occasion of Saraswati Visarjan for offering to the Goddess.
  • After completing the puja and rituals of the Saraswati Puja, on the day of Vijayadashami, devotees perform the Visarjan puja. At the end of the ceremonies, after the final aarti, the idol of Goddess Saraswati is taken for submergence in a river, sea or any water bodies. The Saraswati Visarjan procession is taken out in grand manner and is celebrated with dance and music. Devotees wish farewell to their Goddess and wait eagerly for Her return next year.
  • In South India, on this final day of Saraswati Puja, that is, Saraswati Visarjan or Udvasan, there is a practice of initiating the process of learning in young children. This observance is known as ‘Vidya Arambham’ and is celebrated with full gaiety in Kerala and Karnataka.

Important Timings On Saraswati Visarjan

Sunrise30-Sep-2017 06:21 AM
Sunset30-Sep-2017 18:11 PM
Shravana Nakshatra Timing 18:15 PM - 20:09 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Saraswati Visarjan:

In Hindu mythology, Goddess Saraswati is a prime deity who is being worshipped since the Vedic ages. Her glories have been stated in several of medieval and ancient Indian literature. In the Shanti Parva of Mahabharata, the great Hindu epic, Goddess Saraswati is referred as the ‘Mother of the Vedas’. She is worshipped as the Goddess of knowledge, music, wisdom, science and arts. Goddess Saraswati is the consort of Lord Brahma and resides in Her heavenly abode, Brahmapura. She is shown to be seated on a peacock, swan or hansa. According to the Hindu legends, Lord Brahma with the knowledge of Goddess Saraswati created this universe. Goddess Saraswati is also known to be an important part of the Hindu ‘Tridevi’ (with other being Goddess Kali and Goddess Lakshmi) and is worshipped with utmost devotion all across India. Students and people belonging to the field of art and literature particularly worship Goddess Saraswati to seek Her divine grace.

Saraswati Visarjan festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Friday, 3rd of October
2015Wednesday, 21st of October
2016Monday, 10th of October
2017Saturday, 30th of September
2018Wednesday, 17th of October
2019Monday, 7th of October
2020Friday, 23rd of October
2021Thursday, 14th of October
2022Tuesday, 4th of October
2023Sunday, 22nd of October
2024Saturday, 12th of October
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