Saraswati Puja is an important part of the Navaratri festival, especially in South India. Sarasvati Puja is observed at different times in different parts of India. The last three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Saraswati Puja is also observed in Gujarat during the same period but in a different manner. Below is a step by step guide to how Saraswathi Puja is observed in South India.
Now Let’s perform Saraswati Puja.
- Let’s first collect all puja items.
- Next we will perform the main puja.
Let’s Collect Saraswati Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
- Moli (red thread)
- Roli (red powder)
- Incense sticks
- Sweets, Fruits
- Curd (Yogurt)
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Dry fruits
- Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Let’s Perform The Main Saraswati Puja
Let's Perform The Main Puja
Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina
Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Saraswati Puja.
Take flowers or unbroken grains of rice in your hands. Meditate upon the goddess, saying: The Gayatri Mantra is indeed the best invocation for Goddess Saraswati
Om Vaakdeviyai cha Vidhmahe
Virinji Pathniyai cha Dheemahe
Thanno Vani Prachodayath.
Meaning: Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of speech, Oh, wife of Lord Brahma, give me higher intellect, And let Goddess Vani illuminate my mind.
“Ya Devi Stuyate Nityam Vibhuhairvedaparagaih
Same Vasatu Jihvagre Brahmarupa Saraswati”
Meaning: Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, is praised by the intelligent who have mastered the Shastra (scriptures). She is the wife of the Creator. May she live on my tongue.
“Shrii Saraswatii Namahstubhyam Varade Kaama Ruupini
Twaam Aham Praarthane Devii Vidyaadaanam Cha Dehi Me”
Meaning: I bow to Goddess Saraswati, who fulfills the wishes of the devotees. I pray her to enlighten me with knowledge.
“Sarasvathi Namastubhyam, Varade Kaamaroopini
Vidyaarambham Karishyaami, Siddhir Bhavatu Mey Sada”
Meaning: Saraswati is the provider of boons and the one, who grants all our desires. As I begin my studies, I bow to the Goddess to help me in making it fruitful and make me successful in all my efforts.
Yaa kundendu tushhaar haara dhavalaa yaa shubhravastraavritaa
Ya vinaavarada.nda ma.nditakaraa yaa shvetapadmaasanaa
Yaabrahmaachyut hashankaraprabhritibhir devai sadaa vanditha
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa
Meaning: “May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon, and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops; who is adorned in radiant white attire, on whose beautiful arm rests the veena, and whose throne is a white lotus; who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me. May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance.” Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of the goddess.