Sri panchami or Basanta Panchami festival
Sri Panchami festival 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 Dhoka palace. Geet Govinda ( verses written by poet Jaya Dev) is recited by the priest. The president graces the occasion.
It is also the festival celebrated to honor Saraswoti, the goddess of learning. Thousands of school and college students offer worship at the temples of Saraswoti. Books, pens, musical instruments ink and spinning wheels are also worshipped on the occasion. Saraswoti temples of Swoyambhu and Gairidhara are the centers of such religious activities in Kathmandu.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.