Saraswati Puja, the annual worship of the Goddess of knowledge, music, speech and writing, was celebrated with great enthusiasm for the first time in Mumbai’s satellite city of Navi Mumbai. It was organized by Kingkhap Asomiya Mahila Samiti, the women’s wing of the Kharghar Asomiya Samaj, on Vasant Panchami Day, the 11th February 2008.
The puja began in the morning with pandits reciting slokas and mantras as the devotees watched. Everyone took the blessings of the Goddess and participated in the mass pushpanjali program that when flowers are offered at the feet of the Goddess Maa Saraswati; in return, she bestows them with the gift of knowledge. The pushpanjali program was followed by a traditional Assamese mah-prasad and finally bhog consisting of khichidi and payox (kheer) and other delicacies offered during the occasion. The serpentine queue that was seen in the post-puja session bore testimony to the huge turnout that thronged the Tirupati Arcade Campus.
After successful organization of Saraswati Puja, the Kingkhap Asomiya Mahila Samiti, made plans to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2008.
By Rubi Borgohain, Mumbai, India