Hindu God - Goddess Saraswati

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Goddess Saraswati is the deity of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. In Sanskrit, the word Saraswati means "the essence of the self."

Goddess Saraswati is the divine wife of Lord Brahma. She is the creative power of Brahma. She is worshipped by people for knowledge.

The white lotus denotes supreme knowledge. White sari signifies that she is the embodiment of pure knowledge.

The four arms denote omnipresence and omnipotence with the front right hand for mind, the front left hand for intellect, the rear left hand for consciousness and the rear right hand for ego.
The right side of the body symbolizes the qualities of the heart and the right side symbolizes the activities of the mind.

The book indicates that knowledge acquired must be used with love and kindness.

A rosary in the rear right hand represents that true knowledge removes the ego and results in the Moksha of the soul.

The Veena represents harmonious living utilizing the knowledge for the welfare of the mankind.
The swans indicate the application of knowledge with the discrimination for the good of the mankind.

The peacock waiting to serve represents the unpredictable behavior. Using Swan as vehicle instead of peacock indicates the power to overcome fear, indecision, and fickleness in order to acquire true knowledge.


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