The consort of Lord Brahma, Ma Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and the arts. It is believed that she is the creative manifestation of Lord Brahma who is the creator of the Universe. The goddess is also known as Vakdevi or the goddess of speech. It is she who endows all human beings with wisdom, arts, and intellect. The four armed goddess plays the Veena with her two hands and in the other two hands holds the lotus flower and the holy Vedas. It is she who is believed to be the mother of the four Vedas. The goddess is particularly revered by students, teachers, scholars and educationists. Given below is the mantra dedicated to goddess Saraswati with its meaning.
Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavala, Yaa shubhravastravritha I
Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, Yaa shweta padmaasana II
Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha I
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa II
The mantra is a plea to goddess Saraswati by her devotee. O fair and
beautiful faced like the jasmine color moon goddess, the one whose neck
is adorned by the pure white garland like the glacial dew drops; who is
dressed beautifully in pure white attire; in whose radiant arms rests
the Veena; who sits on the pure white lotus; and is enveloped by all the
gods, may this mother goddess protect me. Relieve me of all ignorance
and sluggishness O Ma Saraswati.