Basanta Panchami being observed across country

File Photo: A devotee registering alphabet/word on the auspicious occasion of Saraswati Puja at premises of Swayambhunath

Kathmandu, Feb 14: Basanta Panchami is being celebrated all over the country by paying homage to Goddess Saraswati, known as the goddess of knowledge.

Also known as Saraswati Pooja, today, writers, artists, journalists, teachers and students worship their tools, pen, paper, pencil and musical instruments as goddess Saraswati.

There is also a belief that one will be blessed if one begins learning after worshiping Saraswati.

The day is also regarded as auspicious for social and religious functions like marriage, Bratabanda, gufa and Belbibaha.

It is considered auspicious to start education for children and to pierce their nose and ears.

Devotees, especially students, throng the temples of Goddess Saraswati since early morning today.