Saraswati Balidan is an auspicious day that is celebrated to pay homage to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and wisdom. It is observed on ‘Navami’ (9th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the bright fortnight of moon) during the month of ‘Aswin’ as per the traditional Hindu calendar. The Saraswati Balidan puja must be performed during the ‘Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra’. Generally Saraswati Puja begins with the ‘Saraswati Avahan’ ritual on ‘Mahasaptami’ and ends with ‘Saraswati Visarjan or Udasan’ on the auspicious day of ‘Vijayadashami’. The Saraswati Balidan Puja is celebrated on the third day of Saraswati Puja, which is ‘Mahanavami’. The last three days of Navratri, during the month of Aswin is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and is celebrated with immense fervour and enthusiasm in Maharashtra and Southern states of India.