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AND LIFE WOULD ALL BE SPRING-BASANT PANCHAMI
The veena that Goddess Saraswati holds in her hands has seven strings representing the body, food, humans, work, intelligence, religious and spiritual cultures. Besides these, the seven colours, glands, charkas, skies, rishis or holy wise men, and also the seven steps of consciousness are to be experienced and understood in the right perspective. Basant Panchami, the fifth day of spring, is celebrated by propitiating Goddess Saraswati. As she symbolizes the constant flow of wisdom, she also represents the full blossoming of multi-hued Nature, kindling the light of inspiration and hope.
During the eight phases of the day, Saraswati manifests through everyone’s speech at least once. Each one of us has experienced sometimes that what has been uttered by someone – even casually has come true. Engrossed as we are in the material world, we are unable to understand it.
Saraswati’s vahan or vehicle is the hans or swan. The swan has the ability to hold the mix of water and milk in its beak and spew out pure water from one side and milk from the other side. This is known as neerkshir vivek or the water-milk wisdom in Indian philosophy. A wise person is one, who, like the swan, picks out pearls of wisdom from a vast spread of knowledge.
This is the message of Saraswati who is also known as Veena Vadini. The strings should be in perfect tune for us to hear and experience the sweet music of life. Saraswati holds a pen in one hand, the power to manifest truth through words. Gyan Yog or the path of wisdom is the force to dispel ignorance, foster the wise, compassionate, and the authentic in speech, and so is the incarnation of light, always victorious the cosmic mother.
The Saraswati Gayatri Mantra is an invocation to the spirit of knowledge. Saraswati’s food is made up of the five magaz or seeds that provide essential nutrients for the brain banslochan or the nodes of the bamboo shoot, misri, nuts, elaichi or cardamom, lotus stems, and lotus seeds or makhanas. These fortify brain cells, increasing their potential.
Goddess Saraswati is always shown clad in white, the colour of purity. A white sari with a red border also represents sensitivity and desires in life so that it can blossom creatively, to experience the joy of living. The mother earth ‘s bounty is bursting and spring is in the air, the cuckoo bird is here again.
Six yards of elegance and comfort. That is what a saree is. We don’t think ….
Weaving a eNew Story – The Handloom Weavers of India
Since the dawn of civilization, handlooms have been associated with excellence in India’s artistry in textiles and fabrics, and sari which is considered to be the most ancient piece of clothing has been inspiring generations of artists and craftsmen to weave their dreams and visions into creating exquisite handloom sarees. However with passage of time, just like the clacking sounds of the looms, the dreams and visions of these weaves too are fading away.In an attempt to bring handloom sarees back in vogue, Shatika has begun a revolution; a six yard sari revolution is a humble attempt at bringing back the lost love for handloom sarees. Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of the age old craft, we travel to all colourful corners of the country visiting weavers,guiding them on the latest trends so they weave out the age old tradition with a modern touch and bring them online so you can savor the delights of hand picking them from the comfort of your homes.