Saraswati Puja, one of the key religious events of the Hindu faith, was celebrated at Jahangirnagar University (JU) amid much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervor. Although a religious festival of the Hindu community, the event attracts people of all faiths and class for its colorful displays and festivities.
The celebration at the central temple began at 10.00 am with Anjali, the offering of tributes to the goddess, which was followed by hatekhori and distribution of Prashad. It also included debi aradhana, pushpanjali and cultural functions.
In the Hindu faith, the goddess Saraswati is the personification of knowledge, arts, science, and crafts.
Traditionally, children are introduced to education and learning on the day of Saraswati Puja. This ritual is called hatekhori. Toddlers are usually given a slate and chalk and taught to write the alphabet. As Saraswati is considered the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Hindu devotees, especially students, celebrate the Puja in different educational institutions and temples.
In what has become a unique tradition, students from different departments and institutes of the university showcased their uniquely themed puja mandaps. This year there are 22 different puja mandaps in Jahangirnagar University. Female students and young women from around the campus thronged wearing sharis and floral tiaras on their heads. Students from different dormitories gathered from the morning to hang out.
Around 10.00 am Treasurer Sheikh Mohammad Munjurul haque , Acting register Rahima kaniz, and former proctor Topon Kumar Shaha visited central puja mondop. The Puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh in the Bengali calendar, the day of goddess Saraswati’s birth according to Hindu faith. The day is called 'Vasant Panchami'.