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Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

The ripening of mustard and the onset of spring brings with it the festival of Basant Panchami which is also observed as Saraswati Puja in most parts of the country. This year it will be celebrated on February 10.

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

The ripening of mustard and the onset of spring brings with it the festival of Basant Panchami which is also observed as Saraswati Puja in most parts of the country. This year it will be celebrated on February 10. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

It is believed that Goddess Saraswati was born on this day and to mark this auspicious festival, people generally dress in yellow. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

According to the Hindu calendar, Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day (panchami) of the month of Magha. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Saraswati is considered as the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

The devotees perform Saraswati Puja between sunrise and midday which is also the Purvahna Kala. The puja is followed by a vegetarian meal. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

Family members get together to celebrate the festival and dress up in bright, vibrant hues of yellow. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

Saraswati Puja 2019: Bengal gears up to welcome goddess home

Next day, people take part in a procession when they immerse the idol in the river and bid her farewell. Some families worship the same idol for two-three years. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)