The Cosmic Mother, Adisakthi manifested herself as: Parvati, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Navratri or the Nine Nights of the Goddess is dedicated to the three Goddesses for blessings of peace and prosperity.
Greatness of Goddess Saraswati
Saraswati is the supreme repository of all learning. She is the Goddess of speech, also called Vak in Sanskrit, meaning the flowing one.
She represents the union of power and intelligence from which the entire creation arises. She is the Goddess of the Vedas, scriptures, dancing, musical power and poetry.
She grants the gifts of learning and writing in man. She is fluidity in any aspect- water, speech, thought. She is wisdom, fortune, intelligence, nourishment, brilliance, contentment, splendour and devotion.
Saraswati Pooja is performed to invoke the blessings of Saraswati, the Goddess of learning, and the presiding deity of the spoken word.
The last three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. Pooja is performed to her in the month of Ashwin (sept-oct).
She is worshipped in the form of a book on Mahasapthami, the seventh day of the waxing Moon during Navratri.
It starts with Saraswati Avahan – Invocation of Goddess Saraswati when moola nakshatra is on the ascent and the pooja ends on Vijayadasami.
Invocation of the Goddess – Meditation on her form
- She is the consort of Brahma, who created the universe with her knowledge. She is seen seated on a swan with a peacock by her side and playing her veena called Kacchapi. She holds a crystal rosary, veena, Vedas.
- She is dressed in white with a necklace of pearls. She bears a crescent Moon on her forehead. Brahma and Saraswati reside in the celestial realm of Brahmapura.
Benefits of invocation
- One can connect with her through mantra “Om Aim Saraswatyai Swaha” – to excel in arts, music, dance and sciences.
- Saraswati is the bestower of knowledge, intelligence and memory. She confers wisdom and learning among her worshippers. She is the great divinity of reasoning faculty and confers power, happiness, riches, long life, fame and reasoning powers.
Ritualistic worship of the Goddess
- Anidol or a picture of the Goddess should be placed in the puja room.
- Holy books like Bhagawat Gita, Ramayana should also be placed along with other books at home.
- Two ghee lamps must be lit.
- Offerings of turmeric, kumkum, betelnut, fruits, white flowers, coconut, unbroken rice grains, new piece of cloth, sandalwood paste, and incense should be made before the Goddess.
- Food preparations that are white in color like kheer, curd rice, cream, milk, parched rice, parched paddy, gingelly balls, sugar candy, sugarcane must be offered to her.
- Mantra slokas must be recited along with reading of holy texts like Ramayana.
- Arati or waving of camphor flame to the Goddess along accompanied by the ringing of bells should be done to please the Goddess.
- Students should pray to her to achieve success in their studies and writing instruments like pen, pencil, eraser, should be placed in the puja altar to be filled with the auspicious vibrations of prayer and chanting.
- All should pray to the Goddess for right knowledge, right thinking, good deeds and refinement of our base nature.
|Saraswati is also called:Bharati means eloquence, Mahavidya- transcendent knowledge, Mahavani- transcendent word, Brahmi – power of the immense being, Dhaneswari – divinity of wealthBijagarbha – womb of the elements of speech, Vacdevi – divinity of speech|
Ways to accrue Merit
- Feed poor Brahmins.
- Help poor students by giving away in charity- books, money to pay their fees or donating schoolbags, pencils and other items relating to education.
- One should pray to all the holy Gurus and masters for their spiritual knowledge and compassionate service to mankind.
- One can donate money to educational organizations, spiritual institutions, orphanages.