Sharda Puja is a special observance held on the third day of Diwali
. This puja
is generally performed by the eldest member in a Hindu
household. The day also marks the end of the Hindu year. This event is mostly observed in north India.
Sharda Puja is dedicated to Goddess Sharda. This goddess, an incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, is symbol of the conquest of one’s self. On this auspicious day, the businessmen close their old account books and open a new account. The new books along with the saving books are worshipped. The students also offer similar worship to their study books.
Special Rangoli designs are made in front of the homes to greet the guests. A variety of sweets and savories are prepared and offered to the deity. These sweets are later distributed among the family members and guests. All the conflicts of the previous year are forgotten and forgiven. In the night, firecrackers are lit to celebrate the event.