52 Facts About Saraswati


Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning.

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Saraswati's is one of the Tridevi, along with the goddesses Lakshmi and Parvati.

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Saraswati's has remained significant as a goddess from the Vedic period through the modern period of Hindu traditions.

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Saraswati's is generally shown to have four arms, holding a book, a rosary, a water pot, and a musical instrument called the veena.

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Saraswati is celebrated as a feminine deity with healing and purifying powers of abundant, flowing waters in Book 10 of the Rigveda, as follows:.

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In Vedic literature, Saraswati acquires the same significance for early Indians as that accredited to the river Ganges by their modern descendants.

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In Upanishads and Dharma Sastras, Saraswati is invoked to remind the reader to meditate on virtue, virtuous emoluments, the meaning and the very essence of one's activity, one's action.

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Saraswati is known by many names in ancient Hindu literature.

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Some examples of synonyms for Saraswati include Brahmani, Brahmi, Bharadi, Vani and Vachi, Varnesvari, Kavijihvagravasini .

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The Goddess Saraswati is known as Vidyadatri, Veenavadini, Pustakadharini, Veenapani, Hamsavahini and Vagdevi .

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Saraswati's is addressed as Sarada, Sharada, Veena-pustaka-dharini, Vagdevi, Vagishvari, Vani, Varadhanayaki, Savitri, and Gayatri .

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Saraswati finds a significant number of mentions in the Rigveda, with a number of tributes offered to her:.

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Story of the goddess Saraswati taking the form of the river Sarasvati is recounted in the Skanda Purana.

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Vadava wished to be accompanied to the source of these waters by a virgin, and so Saraswati was dispatched for his purpose, despite her reluctance.

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Saraswati's took him to Varuna, the lord of the waters, who then consumed the being.

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For good measure, Saraswati transformed into a divine river, flowing with five channels into the sea, making the waters sacred.

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Brahma called upon his consort Saraswati, and instructed her to utter that which the devas desired.

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Saraswati's then left his form, causing him to reflect upon his misfortune.

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In Hindu tradition, Saraswati has retained her significance as a goddess from the Vedic age up to the present day.

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Goddess Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus, which symbolizes light, knowledge and truth.

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Saraswati's is generally shown to have four arms, but sometimes just two.

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The most famous feature on Saraswati is a musical instrument called a veena, represents all creative arts and sciences, and her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony.

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Saraswati is associated with anuraga, the love for and rhythm of music, which represents all emotions and feelings expressed in speech or music.

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Saraswati's is a part of the Tridevi, the triad of great Goddesses.

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In early texts like the Rigveda, Saraswati was a river goddess and the personification of the Sarasvati river.

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Story of Saraswati becoming a river is mentioned in the Srishti Khanda of Padma Purana as well as in Skanda Purana.

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The supreme god suggested that they should go to Saraswati for help as she can become a river and immerse the Vadavagni in the ocean.

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Saraswati's said that she would only agree if her disciple, Brahma told her to do so.

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Saraswati agreed and left Brahmaloka and arrived at sage Uttanka's ashram.

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Saraswati gave the Vadavagni in a pot to Saraswati and told her to originate from Plaksha tree.

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Saraswati is not just the goddess of knowledge and wisdom, but the Brahmavidya herself, the goddess of the wisdom of ultimate truth.

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In some regions of India, such as Vindhya, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam, as well as east Nepal, Saraswati is part of the Devi Mahatmya mythology, in the Tridevi of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.

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Maha Saraswati is depicted as eight-armed and is often portrayed holding a Veena whilst sitting on a white lotus flower.

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Saraswati's is born from the body of Gauri and is the sustaining base of the three worlds.

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Nila Saraswati is not much a different deity from traditional Saraswati, who subsumes her knowledge and creative energy in tantric literature.

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Saraswati's is worshipped in parts of India as an incarnate or incarnation of Goddess Tara but mostly outside India.

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Saraswati's is not only worshipped but been manifested as a form of Goddess Saraswati.

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Saraswati is revered in Jainism as the goddess of knowledge and is regarded as the source of all learning.

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Saraswati is depicted in a standing posture with four arms, one holding a text, another holding a rosary and the remaining two holding the Veena.

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Saraswati is seated on a lotus with the peacock as her vehicle.

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Saraswati is regarded as responsible for dissemination of tirthankars sermon.

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On this day, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in schools, colleges, educational institutes as well as in institutes associated with music and dance.

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Veneration of Saraswati migrated from the Indian subcontinent to China with the spread of Buddhism, where she in known as Biancaitian, meaning "Eloquent Devi", as well as Miaoyintian, meaning "Devi of Wonderful Sounds".

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Saraswati's is commonly enshrined in Chinese Buddhist monasteries as one of the Twenty-Four Devas, a group of protective deities who are regarded as protectors of the Buddhist dharma.

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Concept of Saraswati migrated from India, through China to Japan, where she appears as Benzaiten .

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Saraswati's is often depicted holding a biwa, a traditional Japanese lute musical instrument.

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Saraswati's is enshrined on numerous locations throughout Japan such as the Kamakura's Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine or Nagoya's Kawahara Shrine; the three biggest shrines in Japan in her honour are at the Enoshima Island in Sagami Bay, the Chikubu Island in Lake Biwa, and the Itsukushima Island in Seto Inland Sea.

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Saraswati was honoured with invocations among Hindus of Angkorian Cambodia, suggests a tenth-century and another eleventh-century inscription.

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Saraswati's is referred to as Vagisvari and Bharati in Yasovarman era Khmer literature.

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Saraswati's is believed to be, in Mahayana pantheon of Myanmar, the protector of Buddhist scriptures.

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Saraswati's is considered the peaceful manifestation of Palden Lhamo .

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Saraswati's is believed in the Tibetan tradition to have accompanied him on his travels, as well as regularly engaging in conversations with him.

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