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Saraswati (Gayatri, Savitri, Vag Devi)

Saraswati (Gayatri, Savitri, Vag Devi)
Item Code: IDL064
Author: Chitralekha Singh, Prem Nath
Publisher: Crest Publishing House
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 8184082843
Pages: 96 (16 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.6"
'Hinduism is as brad as the universe' (Gandhi). Religion has its influence in every country, it is more so in India. 'Taken away religion from India, nothing would be felt' (Vivekananda). Every system of Indian philosophic though gives us a practical way of reaching the supreme ideal. Everything there related to this discipline (way) is called a Toga such a Jnana yoga or the way of knowledge, Bhakti yoga or the way of devotion and KARMA yoga or the way of action viz theoretical, emotional and practical aspects. Knowledge and action should go together, as is the teaching in SRIMAD BHAGWAT GITA. Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knowing subjects are the threefold incitement to action; the instrument, the action and the agent, the threefold components of action.

intelligence, wisdom and learning are essential for the performance of all actions (Karma) and it is the awarding of these three components of Jnana (knowledge) that the boons of Goddess Saraswati play an important role in the wordly life. Goddess Saraswati, related to Savitri (Sun) is one of the trinity, the others being Gayatri, and Savitri or the Bag (Vak) devi of the vedas Saraswati is the Goddess of learning intelligence, wisdom and the consort of B'rhma, the creator.

As is the case with B'rhma, on whom the published literature and also worship is less, so is the case with Saraswati. Though she I she Goddess of knowledge, yet the writes have not done justice to their Goddess. Even in devotion, the temples, shrines and pilgrimage places of this Goddess, are few and far between.

In this small book, which is meant to enlighten the readers about this important Goddess, an attempt has been different aspects, as a river, river Goddess, a Puranic (postvedic) Goddess and in her manifestation as Gayatri, Savitri and Bag (Vak) dive. Different versions of her origin, pilgrimage places and Kurushetra of (MAHABHARATA) have been described in some greater details.

The description in the book is based on the sacred scriptures, epics and the Puranas and is authenticated.

This small book, its reading and the performance of the worship ritual in it will not only, be of interest to the readers, but also will bring blessings of the Goddess, it adopted in daily practice. Iconographers, artists will find some points of interest in the book. Pilgrims will be greatly benefitted by the study of the book.

We have made great efforts to collect and present all about the Goddess. The authors will be obliged to know its shortcoming from the readers.

We are obliged to Shri S.C. Sethi executive manager, Jaico enterprise for his all time encouragement and suggestions.

We are thankful to CREST PUBLISHING HOUSE for the illustrious publication of the book, in its beauty.

Back of The Book
Goddess Saraswati, related to SAVITAR (Sun) is one of the trinity, the others being Gayatri and Savitri or the Bag (Vak0 Devi of the Vedas. Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, intelligence, wisdm, speech and is the consort of B'rhma, the creator of the universe.

Tracing the heavenly origin of this Goddess, as a Vedic river Goddess, Puranic braminical Goddess, has been described in this short book, in her different manifestation and various and as Maha Saraswati.

The ritual of her worship, different prayers, shrines and temples in reverence to her, have been described in chapters IX-XII.

Important pilgrimage to Kurushetra and pilgrimage places have been described in some details in V and XII.

The book will of interest to those, who seek true scriptural facts, to theosophists, scholars and artists. Though the book is small, yet there is enough for every to learn from it.


ChaptersPage No.
II.Saraswati: The Origin7
III.Saraswati: The Goddess11
IV.The River Saraswati25
VI.Triple Divinities And Sun God43
VII.Dynamic Form of Sound57
VIII.Maha Saraswati61
IX.Worship And Prayers63
X.Festivals And Fairs69
XI.Learning And Literature73
XII.Pilgrimage, Temples And Shrines77
XIII.Iconography, Sculpture And Paintings83

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