The first day of the puja of Goddess Saraswati during the Navratra celebrations is known as ‘Saraswati Avahan’. Usually the last three days of grand Navratri Puja is dedicated for worshipping Goddess Saraswati. The word ‘avahan’ signifies invocation and therefore this ritual is observed to invoke the blessing of Goddess Saraswati. The practice of Saraswati Avahan is observed on the ‘Mahasaptami’ (7th day) during the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’. It corresponds to the month of October-November in the English calendar.In the state of Maharashtra and some regions of South India, Saraswati Puja starts with Saraswati Avahan and finishes with Saraswati Visarjan on the day of ‘Vijaydashmi’.