Today is Saraswati Puja , the day of worship of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning and wisdom. Here in Bengal, where it is celebrated in many homes also in the neighbourhoods, it has a special significance for students. The Goddess of learning is supposed to bless all scholars, and given Bengal’s inclinations towards scholarly pursuits, it has always been a prominent festival. Khichdi is the staple for the day in many homes, and the strains of ” Saraswati Bidyamati” resound in many homes.
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