It is a tradition to worship goddess sarasawthi on sapthami or 7th day of dasara. Saraswathi is goddess of satwik knowledge, which includes all forms of arts, music, science, languages the list goes on. Few shlokas depicting importance of devi saraswathi were taught to us in childhood.
Saraswathi namasthubhyam varade kamaroopini |
Vidhyarambham karishyami siddhirbhavatume sada||
Yakundendu tushara haradhavala
Yashubhra vastranvrita, yaveena varadanda manditakara ,
yashweta padmasana, ya bramha achyuta shankara prabhutivihi daivaisada poojitha.
Saamampaathu saraswathi bhagavathi nishyesha jaadyaapha
Recitation of these shlokas before starting studies in morning and evening was a daily routine.
On the day of saraswathi pooja books and musical instruments are placed near god or in front of doll arrangement. An idol of goddess is placed on top of this. Sweets and fruits are offered as nevedya. The sweet of the day is yeriappa made of rice flour and jaggery. Till date it is an unwritten rule that maths texts and notes are first to go into Saraswathi pooja as they cannot be taken out until Vijayadashami. (Last day of dasara)