By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vasantapancami, VasantapaJcami, Vasantapaycami
Vasantapañcami falls on Māgha-śukla-pañcamī, the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Māgha, which usually falls in February. It is a day dedicated to the worship of Sarasvatī, the goddess of learning and fine-arts. The worship is done to clay image and then immersed in a river or a tank. It is an extremely popular festival in Bengal, especially among students. Vasantapañcamī is also called Srīpañcamī. Śrī is denoted as goddess Sarasvatī here.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore