Accompanied by a mystical bird beautifully attached to her pedestal, Goddess Saraswati is cast in bronze in the style of three Hoysala architecture, divine in her feminine grace. It was an artform revered by the rulers during the 14th and 15th centuries, distinguished because of its intricate earrings, pointed features, and elaborate crown.
On the fifth day after the onset of spring, Goddess Saraswati is celebrated across the land on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. While she is known as the goddess of knowledge, she also happens to be one with unmatched musical talents. In Indralok, the gods who lived there were fond of Somarasa, which emerged from the Sona plant and made them immortal. Some gandharvas (celestial beings who indulged in music) once stole the plant and invoked the wrath of gods. However, Goddess Saraswati promised to bring it back without a war or argument. With her Veena in hand, she visited the gandharvas in their garden. Without a word, she started playing with the strings on the instrument, creating music so pleasing that it charmed the gandharvas right away. Being interested in music, they pleaded with her to teach them how to play like she did. She agreed on a condition that the gods would get their plant back. Thus, everyone was content.
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