Saraswati Puja is undoubtedly the most popular festival in Eastern India, particularly in Bengal. Saraswati has been absorbed into the Bengali culture. It is a festival celebrated by the youth, particularly students who invoke the blessings of the goddess for success in learning, arts and crafts. Throughout Bengal Saraswati Puja is celebrated in schools, colleges, clubs as well as homes with great fervour and gaiety.
Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. Saraswati is represented in Hindu mythology as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative power of Brahma. Goddess Saraswati is worshiped by all persons interested in knowledge, especially students, teachers, scholars, and scientists to invoke wisdom and consciousness in human beings. Goddess Saraswati is worshiped on Basant Panchami (The fifth day of Spring Festival in Bengal) to celebrate the onset of spring with new blossoms bringing an end to the cold winter months.