Friday, May 4, 2012
Sri Panchami or Basanta Panchami
Sri panchami represents the spring season in Nepal. It falls on the 5th day of the bright lunar fortnight. On this day Basanta Shrawan, a religious function, is held at the courtyard of Hanuman Dokha palace. Geet Govinda (verses written by poet Jaya dev) is recited by the priest.
It is also the festival celebrated to honor Sarswoti, the goddess of knowledge. Thousands of school and college students offer worships at the temple of Saraswoti. Books, pens, musical instruments, ink and spinning wheels are also worshipped on the occasion. Saraswoti temples of Swoyambhu and Gairidhara are the centre of such religious activities in Kathmandu.
Source: Nepal Tourism Board