elebrated Basant Panchami with the worship of goddess Saraswati here on Friday. Students thronged the city temples for paying obeisance while sweet yellow coloured dishes were cooked to mark the festival. The festival was also celebrated in schools. Thousands of devotees visited Bada Gopal Mandir, Chhatri Chowk. Idols of Lord Krishna and Radha, Balram were beautifully decorated in yellow robes. Dresses were made in Mathura and especially ordered for the festival. According to temple priest Arpit Joshi, worshipping was performed amid hails to Lord Krishna. Goddess Saraswati was also worshipped. Discourses were recited and prasad distributed to devotees in evening. 40 day long festival of Vaishnav community also began on Basant Panchami.