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    Basanta Panchami Brata (Saraswati Pooja)/Valentine's Day/National Book Day
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    Basanta Panchami Brata (Saraswati Pooja)

    वसन्तपञ्चमी कस्य आगमनं सूचयति ?
    What is the arrival significance of Basanta Panchami?

    King of the season, Spring, Basanta arrives from this day.

    Saraswati stuti :

    सरस्वती मया दृष्टा
    वीणापुस्तक धारिणी ।

    हंसवाहन संयुक्ता विधादानं करोतु मे ॥

    Meaning: Mother Saraswati, who is as bright as the moon,
    adorned with a white robe, a harp in her hand, and a gift-giving crystal garland, a goddess seated on a white lotus flower, worshiped by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, disintegrates our ignorance and gives us pure knowledge.

    Started with the simple translation of this mantra, Happy Saraswati puja everyone.

    Shri Panchami or Basant Panchami
    Saraswati Puja or say Shri Panchami or Basant Panchami, is a special day celebrated by worshiping goddesses Saraswati, the epitome of knowledge and music. It is believed that the spring season will start today. From this heart-wrenching winter and the drizzle of chilling cold, now welcome to the Kuhu Kuhu of cuckoo and the starting of spring, the king of all seasons.

    Vedic Sanatan Hindu rites have very practical dimensions.

    These rites have become an integral part of Nepalis. Plough, oxen, soil, plants, dogs, including daughters, tools, and food, we worship and acknowledge the presence of everything in our life. Today is the day to worship creation and knowledge.

    Importance of mother Saraswati cited from Brahma Bhivarta Purana
    It is mentioned in the Brahma Bhivarta Purana that Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, art, words, science, and thought, is worshiped by everyone today. After waking up in the morning, after bathing in the morning, the urn is set up with a clean cloth, and the deities Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, etc. are worshiped respectively, the sun is also worshiped and Saraswati is worshiped.

    There is a special atmosphere in schools today.

    Although most of the schools are operating online due to the risk of covid infection, the schools are physically closed. This year's Saraswati Puja isadvocating for knowledge and discipline to the growing generation through a new teaching method.

    In the Terai, the colorful and juicy buniya, fruits, and other sweets are distributed as prasad. In some schools, a huge fiesta has been organized with the active participation of the students. Many schools today are adorned with colorful pylons, and entrances are decorated with Ashoka tree leaves banana stalks and bamboo stems.

    In Kathmandu, fairs are held at various Saraswati temples such as Nirbarahi, Lazimpat, Swayambhu, Nilsaraswati of Garidhara, Lele of Lalitpur, etc., while gatherings are held in many temples and central schools across Nepal. The idol of Saraswati in Pashupati is also worshiped by Buddhists as Manjushri. Special worship is performed on the same idol today.

    Speaking in the context of Nepal, we Nepali certainly do not live in a really small context, our context of living is really wide. Most of the government schools across Nepal have a small or large Saraswati temple somewhere on their premises. It is important to look at Goddess Saraswati as more proximal to human learning than to Hinduism or culture.

    Regardless of our religion or belief, we can take Saraswati as a fulfillment of our creation and knowledge.

    Basant Panchami celebrated by Muslim: Anecdote of poet Amir Fusro

    Today's Basant Panchami is celebrated by the Muslim community as the Sufi Basanti. This fact is documented in various documents and Muslim legends since the 12th century. Nizamuddin was deeply saddened by the untimely death of Takuddin, the nephew of the then Fakir Nizamuddin of Delhi.

    The great Sufi poet Amir Fusro was able to make the fakir laugh by gifting him an unexpected flower pot and yellow cloth and making him happy. Thus, the day got commemorated as Sufi Basant since that time. We may be of any religion or culture but we all need to appreciate creation and creator. Basanta Panchami is the day for it.

    May the writer's ink never run out, may the speaker's voice be always correct, and may the viewer's eye and judgment always be open. Let the alphabet and word configurations from A to Z always accompany us in expressing knowledge, let us continue to use the letters and right articulation and grammar accompany us, and let all the melodies of music and expressions accompany us. The main thing is to fill your life with Shriganar Rasa, and Jai Saraswati Mata.

    Revolution and Romance have the same root, Happy Valentine's Day.

    To the king and queen in our heart, this day especially for Miss Valentine, and her escort Mr. Valentine, the handsome companion of the beautiful. The world is based on love, love is the most superior feeling in human hearts, every eyes and hearts behold this gravity of feelings. Newton rediscovered the gravity but the gravitational feeling of loving and being loved has always been in the human heart since the evolution, each face's smiles and eyes are wet in love.

    Starting of the Valentines Day
    The anecdote and history of Patron St. Valentine is not new to many of us. It is a beautiful story and an example of love, a story of hope and inspiration, a fancy example of affection, and a story of devotion. Welcome to this annual commemoration of love and affection, happy Valentine's Day people, love you all.

    During the 3rd century, a catholic priest St. Valentine lived in Rome. This is an interesting story which starts with Emperor Claudius stopping his soldiers to get married, as Rome was gradually converting into Christianity from Pagan. St. Valentines secretly started to marry these soldiers under Christian rituals. St. Valentine was imprisoned where he took care of all fellow prisoners and a blind daughter of the jailer, before being executed on 14th February of year 270, St. wrote a letter to the blind girl with regard on the bottom "Your Valentine", this is how the Valentine day commenced and St Valentine remained immortal in our hearts.

    Poet Chaucer from Middle age crafted his poems on St. Valentines romantic love story, this was a beginning of courtly love/ marriage, formal ritual of expressing love and admiration, mostly in secret.

    The story of St. Valentines
    The story of St. Valentines is a courage for contemporary lovers, for me I don't find much difference between romance and revolution. St. Valentine who is an idol of love and romance is also a rebel for the state of Claudius, be it romance or revolution have courage to express and stand for it. Express your love without any fear or doubts, get a flower, grab a letter and sustain a smile in your face.

    There are greatest love stories, Muna Madan, Heer Ranjha, Romeo Juliet and so on, we remember these stories because these characters behold love for each other. Either ask one or hundred questions, Love is a single answer for a hundred questions, Love is a panacea for a hundred diseases, love makes you human and love sustains smiles forever.

    Just remembering the past days on the first love letter and that desperateness for answer, those text messages, sleepless nights, hide and seek of two pairs of eyes and primarily about the race of the heartbeat that occurred when we met our loved ones.

    Valentine's Day is not always pleasure for everyone but I would say that life is a subject to be lived in installments. There are characters and faces with whom we lived, as I said that there are installments so cherish the previous installment and move on to next, sadness is not affordable is it?

    Almost every evergreen love stories are tragic in this world, love is probably not designed always to achieve and be together. Love is not a face or person, its a feeling and a true lover must try preserving that feeling beyond any misery.

    The world is wrapped in wrapping paper of gifts, chocolate, flowers, cards and what not? Celebrate love, celebrate Valentine's Day and celebrate the true sense of being yourself. Have courage to stand for love, let me repeat that romance and revolution have the same root. Express how much you love and remain true on that.

    Timelessly romantic arrangements of floral hodge-podge are made for your love, increase the proximity of your hearts. Some of us are far from our loved ones but make sure you give a call and express your own way of love. Oh yes, don't you worry if your proposal gets rejected today because "No" in love means "Yes" in the future, do stick to that love.

    If you feel the love, You are live and when you live the love, you are immortal.

    Happy Valentine's Day

    National Book day (Rastriya Pustak Diwas- Nepal)

    National Book Day is also celebrated on the day of Saraswati Puja every year. Only a few years ago, the National Book and Stationery Association demanded the government

    declare the day of Saraswati Puja as National Book Day.
    National Book Day is celebrated by holding many programs on its initiative. In the pages and letters of every book, Goddess Saraswati resides, May Saraswati's grace and compassion always remain in the Nepali alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary. There should never be a lack of knowledge in this land.

    -Suyog Dhakal 

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