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Goddess Saraswati | Hindu Goddess of Wisdom | Mata Saraswati


Devi Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and the learning. She is the part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. This trinity helps Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to create, maintain and destroy (to regenerate) the universe respectively. As per Devi Bhagwat, Goddess Saraswati is the wife of Lord Brahma. She abodes in Brahmapura, the abode of Lord Brahma.

Goddess Saraswati
Devi Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge

Lord Brahma who is the creator of the universe also created Goddess Saraswati. Hence She is also known as the daughter of Lord Brahma. Goddess Saraswati is also known by names such as Goddess Savitri and Goddess Gayatri.

Saraswati Family

Bhagawati Saraswati was born out of the mouth of Lord Brahma. Hence She became the Goddess of speech, including music and the knowledge. It is believed that Lord Brahma was so enamored with the beauty of Goddess Saraswati that He desired to marry Her and many religious texts mention Goddess Saraswati as the consort of Lord Brahma.

Being the husband of Goddess Saraswati, Lord Brahma is also known as Vaagish which means Lord of Speech and Sound.

Saraswati Iconography

Goddess Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white with a calm and soothing face. In most iconographies, She is portrayed as playing a Veena while sitting on a blossomed white lotus flower. In most images a swan and a peacock accompanies Her and in some images She mounts on a swan.

She is depicted with four hands. She holds a rosary and a book in two of Her hands while playing a Veena with remaining two hands.

Goddess Saraswati Worshipping Days

Saraswati Vandana

Saraswati Ya Kundendu is the most famous Stuti dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and part of the famous Saraswati Stotram. It is recited during Saraswati Puja on the eve of Vasant Panchami.

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना।
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता
सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥१॥

शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं
वीणा-पुस्तक-धारिणीमभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापहाम्‌।
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम्‌
वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्‌॥२॥

Saraswati Mantra

Saraswati Incarnations and Swaroop

Saraswati Temples

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