The Goddess of wisdom, Saraswati is clad in a white or shiuli flower dyed yellow or basanti colored saree. Rangoli or Indian pattern or decoration with ground rice and flowers forms an integral part of the Saraswati Pooja. The design of a fish is incorporated in the rangoli as it is considered to be auspicious. A low tool constructed out of wood and covered with a yellow cloth is used to place the idol facing towards the east direction.
It is the custom to cover the face of the idol until the priest starts to chant the mantras when the pooja begins. Eastern pot is used to hold green coconut wrapped in a red checked cloth made of cotton, called “gamocha.” Palash is a very important flower used for the worship of Goddess Saraswati, apart from marigold and rose. It is a common practice by students to pile up books, pens and writing material in front of the deity and seek her blessings on this propitious day.
Basanti or yellow is the color of the festival. Members of a family, where Saraswati Pooja is observed take bath early in the morning and get dressed in yellow apparels commencing the worship of the deity. This is an important Saraswati Pooja rituals observed during the worship of Goddess Saraswati.
Indian Railways linked its locomotives via ISRO satellites According to sources the Indian Railways has linked its locomotives via ISRO satellites, making it easy to track trains and automatically feed the control charts about the trains arrival and departure. The officials said "A new beginning has been made in the new year: the train movement information is acquired and fed to the control charts using ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) satellite based real time train information system (RTIS) automatically”.
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