Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja

This year Basant Panchami was on Feb 16th. In parts of North India and particularly in West Bengal, this day Goddess Saraswati is also celebrated. Basant Panchami simply means the 5th day the month of Magha and Basant is the onset of Spring.

We had a grand celebration in our Condo complex for Saraswati Puja, where all the Covid norms were followed. We didn’t attend this year, but had attended last year – Saraswati Puja.

I clicked pictures during our morning walk of all the winter flowers that will now give way to the Spring flowers :):).

Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja
The beautiful Saraswati Puja pandal and Maa Saraswati has her own personal guard 🙂

A flower show for Basant Panchami

Flame of the forest ?
Basant Panchami
I think these are petunia flowers and I love seeing them.. its a riot of colours

My personal favourite “Dahlia” flowers. I just love these flowers ever since I saw them first in Shillong way back in 1980. The red ones are Chrysanthemums and the other two are Dahlias.

Basant Panchami
Basant Panchami
The red salvia, Mesembryanthemum in the middle and yellow Calendula

When we moved to Gurgaon in 2002, I would visit the Mehrauli flower market just near Qutub Minar, especially during winters to buy the Gerberas, long stemmed Roses, Rajnigandha (Tuberose) and Carnations. Sometimes we would get good quality orchids too. The bomb blast in 2008 effectively shut down the flower market there :(.

We have been to the early morning flower market near Hanuman Mandir, Baba Kharak Singh Marg too. That too has shut down when the market was shifted to Ghazipur. In the last 5 years or so, we have hardly bought flowers as we have been travelling for ShikshaDaan.

Colourful memories of a beautiful Delhi ….

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