Hindu Student Association celebrates Saraswati Pooja

Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of spring in India, which Hindus celebrate with Saraswati Pooja. Goddess Saraswati is considered to be a goddess of knowledge, language, music and art. The Hindu Student Association, comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members, celebrated this sacred rite on Feb. 1 in the Main Chapel.

Rarimi Patanjali performed the Pooja with a wooden idol of Goddess Saraswati. Everyone prayed and offered flowers to the Goddess. Syracuse University students Preeti Sahu and Raj De performed bhajans, or traditional songs, of Saraswati and Meena Sureshkumar performed Saraswati Vandana in classical Indian dance style. 

The celebration was attended by around 60 people, all of whom enjoyed Prasad, the traditional Indian vegetarian meal, afterward. This marked a very good beginning of the semester for HSA and the Hindu community of SU.

HSA advisors Anju Varshney and Pramod Varshney helped to organize the event.

Student praying at Hindu ceremony with Hindu ornamental relics   Woman dancing on stage in Hendricks Chapel dressed in traditional Indian attire

Crowd in Hendricks Chapel's Main Chapel