Goddess Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. Goddess Saraswati Devi is the mother of the Vedas, and chants to her, called the 'Saraswati Vandana' often begin and end Vedic lessons.
Goddess Saraswati Devi is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. It is believed that goddess Saraswati Devi endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. Goddess Saraswati Devi has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus – the symbol of true knowledge – in the second.
With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination. Goddess Saraswati Devi is also a prominent figure in Buddhist iconography - the consort of Manjushri.
The learned and the erudite attach greater importance to the worship of goddess Saraswati devi. As a practice, only educated people worship her for knowledge and wisdom. They believe that only Saraswati can grant them 'moksha' - the final liberation of the soul.
Goddess Saraswati's birthday - Vasant Panchami - is a Hindu festival celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. Hindus celebrate this festival with great fervor in temples, homes and educational institutes alike.
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The following popular 'pranam mantra' or Sanskrit prayer, Saraswati devotees utter with utmost devotion eulogizes the goddess of knowledge and arts:
Goddess Saraswati Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of learning and the arts. She is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. Goddess Saraswati is first referred to in literature as the personification of the sacred river, the Saraswati, also known as Sarasvati, and is also identified with Vac, the goddess of speech. In later Hinduism Saraswati is usually considered the consort of the God Brahma (the promulgator of the Veda), but she enjoys an autonomous position as the patroness of art, music and letters. It is believed that Goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. The goddess has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning; mind, intellect, alertness and ego. The goddess has sacred scriptures in one hand, a lotus in the second hand, which is a symbol of true knowledge. With her other two hands, the goddess plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called Veena (violin). Goddess Saraswati is dressed in white, which symbolizes purity and rides on a white swan that symbolizes Sattwa Guna (purity) and discrimination. Goddess Saraswati is annually worshiped with great enthusiasm by Hindu students and teachers alike at the advent of spring, when the Hindu year occurs in January-February.
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