Goddess Saraswati is considered to be one of the most important goddesses in the Sanatan Dharma. She is the goddess of education, knowledge, beauty, the arts, and music, among other things. She is Lord Brahma’s wife, and she is the mother of their children (The God who creates).
Goddess Saraswati, along with Goddess Durga/Parvati and Goddess Lakshmi, comprises the trinity of goddesses, Tridevi. They are collectively referred to as Tridevi (Three Major Goddesses).
Because she is the Goddess of Education, Goddess Saraswati may be worshipped in the form of books, pens, and pencils, among other things. I personally worship them in the form of books, notebooks, pens, pencils, and other writing implements, but you may also worship her as an idol or via photographs. May Goddess Saraswati shower blessings on all virtuous people.
All of the Hindu deities are represented as seated or standing on lotuses in their respective temples.
The lotus flower is the eastern emblem of the mind, which opens out to receive the radiance of the Sun as it blooms.
The deities are born from, and dwell in, the mind, which is universal and all-encompassing, and which is indicative of psychological and psychic principles and is the source of all creation.
It is said that the lotus emerges from and continues to exist in murky waters, but it is never contaminated by them – in the same way, that enlightened individual life within the world, but is never contaminated by the negativity that surrounds us.
In Hinduism, Saraswati is the personification of skilled knowledge, which is of course formed by the mind. As a result, she is shown standing or sitting on a lotus, which is considered the ultimate sign of purity, beauty, and perfection.
Goddess Saraswati is one of the feminine trinity, also known as Tridevis, which consists of the goddesses Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, and Maha Saraswati. They are the consorts of the trinity of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma, and they are the daughters of Lord Shiva.
All three goddesses played crucial parts in the processes of creation, maintenance, and annihilation of the Universe, as well as in their own individual lives. On the lotus flower, Maha Saraswati is represented as eight-armed and seated on a lotus leaf.
She is standing there with a bell, a trident, a conch, a pestle, a discus, and a bow and arrow in Her hands. All of this implies that Maha Saraswati was more than just a goddess of knowledge and the arts, as has been often assumed.
Goddess Saraswati (the Rigvedic River Saraswati in her metaphysical form) is said to have dissipated the abysmal darkness of ignorance by channeling Her riverbed of awareness and knowledge across the cosmos.
The Goddess Saraswati, accompanied by her Veena (lute), arrived at a magnificent garden, which was inhabited by the Gandharvas at the time. It was there that she began playing her Veena and produced wonderful sounds of ragas and raginis, which continued until the whole garden was filled with the sound of exquisite rendering of the music.
The Gandharvas were enticed to the garden by the wonderful music that was playing there. They pleaded with the Goddess Saraswati to instruct them in the art of heavenly music.
She consented to instruct them, however, on the condition that they return the urn of ‘Someras.’ The Gandharvas were attracted by both the goddess’s radiant beauty and the lovely music she created that they accepted to Her request.
As a result, Saraswati was successful in recovering the urn of elixir from the Gandharvas’ possession. And the Gandharvas progressed in their knowledge of music and art to the point that they were able to perform in the court of heaven in front of the gods and goddesses.
When Saraswati appears in art, she is generally represented as a lovely woman dressed gracefully in pure white clothing. She is sitting on a lotus flower, which is white. Her skin is as white as the moon, and she has a flawless complexion. Her breasts are adorned with a necklace composed of white pearl beads.
Among the items she holds in her four hands are a book of Vedas, crystal mala beads, a jug of water, and a musical instrument known as the Veena. Vedic wisdom (the Vedas) is represented by the book, which symbolizes universal and genuine knowledge.
The power of meditation, introspection, and spirituality is represented by the crystal mala. The pot of water represents both creativity and the purifying power of water. The Veena represents excellence in the sciences of the arts and music, as well as in music.
The goddess Saraswati is completely covered in white. The color white represents purity, pure understanding, and heavenly wisdom, among other things. The water on which Her lotus seat has been placed represents the ever-present flow of wisdom.
Saraswati is carried by the hamsa (swan), which means “swan carrier.” The bird displays an extraordinary ability to distinguish between what is genuine and what is not real. It is shown when a swan can only consume milk and refuses to consume any other liquid.
As a result, the swan represents the ability to distinguish between what is good and what is evil. The peacock is positioned on Saraswati’s right side, while the swan is positioned on her left side. It represents a state of balance between intellect and feeling.
Saraswati, like many other important gods and goddesses, has a ‘ashtottara satanam,’ which means “ashtottara seat of knowledge” (one hundred and eight names). In Bengal, the goddess is recognized by several names, including Saraswati, Sharada, Veenapani, Bagdevi, and Bani, among others.