VASANTHA PANCHAMI, THE SEASON OF SPRING AND LOVE-
Saint Thyagaraja has composed this krithi in one of the most romantic raagams, Brindavana Saranga. "Kamala Kalathra" (Seetha Devi) as mentioned in the anupallavi is perhaps the dazzling gemstone added to the jewel called 'Kamalapthakula..."
16TH FEBRUARY 2021-VASANTHA PANCHAMI
The Vasantha Panchami heralds the beginning of the season of spring and love!
The Goddess of Learning, Saraswathi is worshipped on this auspicious day. Many are not aware that this Goddess is also present in the Maadhuryaleela of Lord Rama and Seetha Devi as the female companion (Sakhi) of Seetha Devi!
Agasthya Samhitha, the ancient text of Sri Vaishnavism states (in Sri Rama Upasana) as follows-
"Dhyaatvaacha Manmatham Raamam Seethaamapi Rathim Smareth".
"One should meditate on Lord Rama as Manmadha (Kama Deva) and Seetha Devi as Rathi Devi (the potential pleasure of Lord Rama) in their worship, be it japam, homam or meditation."
Agasthya Samhitha further recommends that devotees should worship the divine couple with flowers, fruits, sweets, perfumes and exotic offerings. Flowers and clothes in the color of yellow and green are offered to the celestial couple.
It was during the spring season, following Vasantha Panchami that Lord Rama and His beloved wandered in the beautiful forests of Ayodhya and walked across the banks of River Sarayu...
LORD RAMA (MANMATHA)-SEETHA DEVI (RATHI DEVI)