Assam celebrates Saraswati Puja amid rain spell and COVID-19

Assam, Feb 5: In Assam, Saraswati Puja is celebrated with much joy and fervour. The Puja holds significance for students, academicians and artists. Educational institutes organise Puja in honour of Goddess Saraswati and students ardently participate in the preparations.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions wore a festive and colourful look on the occasion as Saraswati Puja is mainly celebrated by students and teachers.

Saraswati idols in the school and college campuses were worshipped in the morning hours followed by the distribution of Prasad, Khichdi, Bilai Tok (tomato chutney), Labra (seasonal mixed vegetables) and Payos (kheer).

Small pandals were also put up across the state where the people of the locality paid obeisance to the Goddess of Learning.

Guwahati including the rest of Assam is likely to witness light spells of rain today due to cyclonic circulation over west Assam. The temperature dropped even lower over the city resulting in even colder conditions.

In Guwahati, the traffic police had a tough time managing the traffic at GNB Road, HB Road, MG Road, GS Road, RG Baruah Road and many other parts of the city. Traffic in the Chandmari area witnessed a long jam due to a huge gathering at Commerce point.

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However, what is different this time around is the cold weather owing to the incessant rainfall. Recently Assam’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, Keshab Mahanta, announced on Sunday that the state government will not release a new Saraswati Puja SOP.

Despite the rain and the freezing weather, Saraswati Puja was a grand affair in Guwahati with schools and colleges abuzz with students dressed (mainly girls) in their best attires. Apart from the educational institutions, banks, newspaper houses and offices also celebrated Saraswati Puja. While some may celebrate with certain restrictions others may stick to their home and follow the rituals.

Vasant Panchami is celebrated throughout the length and breadth of the nation to honour Goddess Saraswati, who is an embodiment of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. The day also marks the preparation for the arrival of spring.