Lord Krishna says in the Bhagwad Gita that among the seasons he is Basant, the festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha and therefore called Basant Pnchami. The festival is called Saraswati Vandana because she is the Goddess of learning, aesthetics and creativity and offering prayers to Mata Saraswati on Basant Panchami is customary.
Goddess Saraswati is one of the five children of Lord Brahma who is the creative power of the universe. Brahma’s other four children include the vedas that include knowledge, principles that regulate the systems of the universe. Goddess Saraswati represents vidya and the significance of panchmi implies elaboration- extension- manifestation.
This time of the year when the winter makes place for the spring is the perfect time for Upnayan Sanskar. Spring is the most appropriate time to reconnect with knowledge and all the virtues of Goddess Saraswati and it does not matter whether we offer our respect via pen and paper or via the laptops as long as we remember to sing our vandana.