According to Padma Puran, Maa Saraswati was born on Vasant Panchami. At the time of her descent to earth, her celestial form had four arms, which held a Veena, a book of Vedas and Lotus Flower. She is known as the deity of knowledge, art and music. Her four hands denote four facets of human personality namely mind, intellect, alertness and ego. The lotus on her hand symbolizes true knowledge. The swan indicates that we should have the ability to discriminate the bad from the good. Vasant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati.
Mata Saraswati represents the union of power and intelligence from which the entire creation arises. She is the Goddess of the Vedas, scriptures, dancing, music and poetry. She grants the gifts of learning and writing to humans. The Goddess is the personification of wisdom, fortune, intelligence, nourishment, brilliance, contentment, splendor and devotion.
Saraswati Pooja is performed to gain the blessings of Saraswati, the Goddess of learning. Seeking the blessings of Goddess Saraswati grants one with knowledge and power. The people who are affected by Rahu are suggested to worship the Goddess regularly as she is the mother of the Vedas.