Saraswati is considered the goddess of knowledge, purity, wisdom, music, arts and nature. Besides Hindus, Goddess Saraswati is also revered by believers of the Jain religion of west and central India. She is depicted as a serene and charming woman wearing a spotless white sari and seated on a white lotus or riding a white swan to embody the concepts of wisdom purity of mind and classical fine arts.
According to Hindu scriptures, Goddess Saraswati represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, creativity, education, music, wisdom and divine knowledge. The four hands of Goddess Saraswati depict four aspects of knowledge and values. The prose is represented by the book in one hand, poetry by the garland of crystal, and music by the veena and the pot of sacred water represents purity in all of these three.
Oft-recited Saraswati Mantra goes like this: Om Saraswati Mahabhagey, Vidye Kamala Lochaney / Viswarupey Vishalakshmi, Vidyam Dehi Namohastutey / Jaya Jaya Devi, Charachara Sharey, Kuchayuga Shobhita, Mukta Haarey / Vina Ranjita, Pustaka Hastey, Bhagavati Bharati Devi Namohastutey .
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