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The Hindu goddess of knowledge and arts Saraswati is the consort of Lord Brahma.


Saraswati



Unique Attributes : Knowledge, arts, letters
Other Names : Shaarda and Vakdevi
Vahan (Vehicle) : Swan
Consort : Lord Brahma
Mula Mantra : Om Eim Saraswatyei Namah

Goddess Saraswati is deeply revered amongst the Hindus for it is she who endows human beings with wisdom, learning and the arts. This patron of knowledge is the consort of Lord Brahma the creator and another powerful wielder of wisdom and intelligence. It is believed that the Vedas the four principal Hindu texts of knowledge were her progeny. Saraswati literally means as the one 'swa' who gives her own knowledge 'sara'. Goddess Saraswati is many a time believed to be the creative manifestation of Lord Brahma. Goddess Saraswati along with Parvati and Lakshmi forms the 'tridevi' as the consorts of the trinity of Hindu gods.

The four armed goddess holds the holy scriptures in one hand, has a lotus in the other and with her other two hands plays the veena. In religious texts and Hindu scriptures the goddess is depicted in a pure white attire and is often seated on a white lotus but actually her mount is the swan. The goddess is hence associated with the color white which is a symbol of purity and serenity. This in turn reflects the clarity of knowledge and the arts, the goddess is not at all influenced by the material world. As seated on the lotus the symbolism which emerges is that just like the lotus Goddess Saraswati is rooted in supreme reality. The goddess is also known as Vakdevi the goddess of speech.

Basant Panchmi or Vasant Panchmi is the festival associated with the goddess. It is also called the day meant for Saraswati Puja. The festival marks the birth of the goddess of knowledge. The color yellow holds special significance on this day, the goddess wears a sari of this color on Basant Panchmi. This day holds special connotation for students and hence Saraswati Puja is usually organized in educational institutions. The day of Basant Panchmi is also a signal for heralding of the spring season. People yearning for spiritual enhancement also attach great reverence to Goddess Saraswati.