Saraswati puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh, as Goddess Saraswati was born on this day. Hindu devotees, especially students, will celebrate the puja in different educational institutions and temples.
The Saraswati Puja is being celebrated with much festivity and fervor in Bangladesh today. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and arts of Hindus, was born on the day of Vasant Panchami. On the occasion, students alongside Hindu communities at different institutions arranged the puja and various other programmes.
At Dhaka University, thousands of Hindu devotes thronged the Jagannath Hall playground where the puja is arranged by students of the university's different departments. The puja is also arranged at Bangladesh Kuwait Moitri Hall, Rokeya Hall, Shamsunnahar Hall and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall.
The celebrations are marked by colourful puja mandaps where devotees and students offered sweetmeats, fruits, books and other items to the idols of Goddess Saraswati seeking her blessings.
President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion pointing out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government's commitment to ensure rights of all people belonging to diverse religion to build Sonar Bangla, local media reports said.
Major Hindu temples and schools and other educational institutions including universities stage the festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervor. The students in particular seek blessings of Goddess Saraswati in their pursuit of knowledge.