Basant Panchami, also called Saraswati Puja in honor of the Hindu goddess Saraswati, is a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. The Hindu religion celebrates the festival in different ways depending on the region. It is also celebrated among Followers of Ra dha sva aah mi Association UK Europe. celebrated in Birmingham on 26th January 2023, with the Grace and blessings of Ra dha sva aami Dayal. On the day, celebrating Basant we all participated in various cultural activities including recitation of Path, Baby show, Dance, and Skit. This Auspicious day is also celebrated in other parts of the world and the headquarters of India is in Dayalbagh Agra.
BASANT PANCHAMI IN DAYALBAGH
ऋतुबसन्त आयेसतगुरु जग में, चलो चरनन पर सीस धरो री ।
“With the auspicious season of Basant, Most Benevolent, Supremely Merciful Satguru manifested on this earth, Let us all bow our heads in homage at His Holy Lotus Feet.” In the month of maagh, January/February, the auspicious day of Panchmi (the fifth day of the lunar fortnight in the Hindu Calendar), which is popularly known as Basant Panchmi, is considered a blessed and sacred day among Hindus and is welcomed as a harbinger of joy and exuberance. With the passing of the winter season, as soon as the season of Basant commences, there is an infusion of new energy in animals as well as birds, human beings, and vegetation. Saints to have compared the time for the manifestation of the Supreme Lord of All Creation on this earth with the most majestic of all seasons—
देखो देखो सखी अब चल बसन्त । फू ल रही जहँतहँबसन्त ।।
“Let us, dear friend (fellow spirits) rush to get the blissful vision of Basant, Basant which is flowering with joy and bliss here, there, and everywhere.” The Basant season is of special significance for Dayalbagh, the headquarters of the Radhasoami Faith situated in the city of Agra. For the satsangis of the Radhasoami Faith, the auspicious day of Basant is one of extreme happiness and Bliss as on this sacred day, February 15, 1861, the first Revered Leader of the Faith, Param Purush Puran Dhani Huzur Soamiji Maharaj, revealed for the first time the Divine message of the salvation of all creation and mercifully opened the doors of Satsang to the general public.
घट मेंखेलूँअब बसन्त । भेद बताया सतगुरु संत ।।
“I revel in the joy and Bliss of Basant internally within the depths of my soul, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful, All benevolent, Sant Satguru has revealed the secret.” On the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi, on January 20, 1915, the fifth Revered Leader of the Radhasoami faith, Sir Sahabji Maharaj, laid the foundation of Dayalbagh, the headquarters of Radhasoami Satsang by planting a Mulberry seedling. Along with this, the foundation of a new Satsang culture was also laid. At Dayalbagh, Education and Culture or a Way of Life commenced in the form of a wonderful and delicate plant, on January 1, 1916, with a Model School popularly known as Radhasoami Educational Institute (REI). This plant slowly and gradually grew into the vast tree that it is at present, in the form of a University, the impact of which can be felt not only in different parts of the country but also in countries abroad. The fragrance of this tree named Dayalbagh Educational Institute is spreading in all four directions.
आज आई बहार बसन्त । उमंग मन गुरु चरनन ललपटाय ।।
“Today, the beauty, glory, joyous splendor of Basant is here, With their minds filled with exuberance and Bliss, the disciple devotees embrace in adoration the Holy Lotus Feet of Ever Merciful Sant Satguru.” The day of Basant is of extreme importance to the satsangis of the Radhasoami Faith. This year is the 205th Samvat of Radhasomi Faith. This day is celebrated with much enthusiasm and pleasure by all satsangis as they sing and praise the Glory of Ever Merciful Radhasoami Dayal. Before the arrival of Basant, the preparations for its welcome begin well in advance. From very small children to adults and seniors– there is no limit to enthusiasm and zeal.
All get fully involved in the cleaning and decorating of houses, mohallas, in fact, the entire Dayalbagh. Because of the collective efforts of all, one can get a glimpse of the most beautiful vision and luster of Dayalbagh on the auspicious occasion of Basant. The Festival of Basant is celebrated by satsangis with rituals steeped in the spirit of immense love and devotion, by expressing a deep sense of gratitude in the Holy Lotus Feet of their Beloved Sant Satguru with intense Faith in Radhasoami Dayal. With complete love and devotion, joy and Bliss, they pass this day in offering aarti, worship, and meditation, feel Blessed and exult in their good fortune.
मोलह लमल गए रा-धा-स्व-आ-मी पूरेसंत । अब बाजत लहयेमेंधुन अनन्त ।।
“I have found the All-Gracious, Ever Merciful Supreme Being, the only True Ra-Dha-SvaAah-Mi Satguru Sant In my heart the melodious eternal sound current reverberates in everlasting Bliss.” On the occasion of Basant, in Dayalbagh, a variety of programs like the baby Show, Fancy dress Show, Gymnastics, and different Sports events are organized. In all these programs, children, youth, and all brothers and sisters actively participate with enthusiasm and zeal.
आज आया बसन्त नवीन । सखी री खेलो गुरु संग फाग रचाय ।।
“Today Basant has arrived anew Fellow devotee spirits, let us celebrate the joy and Bliss of spring with our beloved Sant Satguru.” On the auspicious occasion of Basant, in Dayalbagh and in Satsang colonies all over the country and abroad, the most glorious and attractive decorative lighting is displayed at night. For this candles and oil lamps (diyas) which can cause pollution, are not used. LED lights, powered by solar energy are used for this lighting decoration.