- Attributes: Goddess of Arts, Music and Knowledge
- Symbols: White Lotus Flower, Veena, Swan
- Place: India
|Illustration of Saraswati|
The story of the Hindu Goddess Saraswati (or Sarasvati) does not present many details regarding her origin.
However, we know of the existence of the extinct Saraswati river in India. The Goddess Saraswati is the embodiment of this river. The local people worshiped Saraswati and her power to create life wherever she went. The same ability of the river to flow and create its own path is seen in the attributes of the Goddess. Saraswati is the Goddess who lets divine knowledge flow, without barriers. She is also worshiped as Goddess of the arts, of creation, of knowledge, and of music.
The paintings and statues of Saraswati contain various symbolic meanings. Saraswati is usually represented with four arms sitting on a white lotus flower with a swan and a peacock. In one of her hands, the Goddess holds sacred scriptures, while in another she holds a rosary, a symbol of concentration and meditation. The other two hands she uses to play her instrument, the Veena, and let the music flow and establish harmony.
The swan carrying the Goddess represents the ability to distinguish the difference between right and wrong and the ability to spread knowledge with responsibility. The peacock, on the other hand, wants to be in the place of the swan, but since he has the tendency to show himself and show superiority, he is not yet able to reach the state of consciousness necessary to carry the Goddess. The white lotus represents supreme knowledge.
Knowledge that flows
The Goddess Saraswati is linked to all manifestations of knowledge and arts that has fluidity. All knowledge must follow its path, just like the river, and flood other beings with its wisdom. Through inscriptions, paintings or music, the important thing is always to leave the knowledge free.