saraswati

Saraswati

The Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts. Saraswati first appears in the Rig Veda as the celestial river of the same name, but over time, she has come to be inextricably linked to learning and the creative arts, most notably music. Although regarded as the consort of , the god of creation, Saraswati is worshipped independently of him as the deity who can bestow wisdom and drive out ignorance. Even today, students pray to her to achieve success in their studies and exams.

Saraswati is traditionally shown as a fair young woman dressed in a white sari, seated on a lotus, with four arms. In her front two arms, Saraswati holds or plays a veena, a multi-stringed Indian musical instrument, while in her back two hands, she may carry other objects, such as prayer beads, a manuscript, vessel of water, or lotus blossom, that are symbols of meditation, knowledge, purification, and purity respectively. Her mount, a swan, is often situated near her feet.