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Goddess Saraswati is venerated by Hindus as the eptiome of knowledge and speech. She is the patron of arts, music, philosophy, creativity, wisdom and learning. The consort of Brahma, she forms the holy Tridevi of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. Considered to be the Mother of The Vedas, Vasant Panchami, (the fifth day of spring) is celebrated in her honor and young children are encouraged to learn how to read and write.
Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in white and seated on a lotus adorned with a mala of crystals alongside a flowing body of water. With a Veena in her hand and a pot of water beside her, she is portrayed with a swan as her carrier. All these traits represent true knowledge and wisdom through which peace and harmony are attained.
Mahasaraswati is considered part of the nine forms of Durga which are revered as powerful and all consuming. These, ultimately are aspects of a single great Hindu Goddess which help in maintaining the balance of the world. As the abundant flowing waters of the mythical river Saraswati, the Goddess is credited with healing and purifying powers and considered to be the fount of all knowledge and wisdom.
Saraswati is often referred to as a river Goddess in Hindu tradition and is believed to be the mother of the Vedas. She appeared when Brahma created the Universe to guide mankind in their quest to acquire intellect and wisdom for their sojourn on Earth.
Saraswati is venerated as the wife of Creator Brahma and many Hindus believe that mankind itself sprang forth from this Holy Union, starting with Manu, the first man. Sage Sarasvata, the son of the Goddess was able to withstand the great drought due to the benevolence of his Mother and is hailed as the repository of the Vedas.
Saraswati Pooja day is celebrated as a day of learning with books placed in front of the Deity. Dressing the Images of the Goddess in white or yellow is considered auspicious and traditionally, yellow foodstuffs, sweets and flowers are offered to the Deity. People decorate their houses with intricate patterns of rangoli with images of fish considered as auspicious. Incense sticks and ghee lamps are lit along with chanting of hymns to propitiate the Deity.
Considered the Goddess of knowledge and learning, Saraswati’s birthday is the time to begin new studies and children begin to learn reading and writing formally on this day. She is believed to bless people who take up intellectual pursuits and students pray to her before examinations. Musicians also pray to her before concerts in a bid to invoke her benign blessings.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.