Goddess Saraswati, the embodiment of knowledge, art, and music is the feminine energy and divine consort of Lord Brahma. Representing the Rajas Guna (mode of passion), she assists the Lord in creating the material world. She is also revered as the Goddess of eloquent speech and melodious music and forms the divine triad ‘Tridevi’ along with Parvati and Lakshmi.
The calm and compassionate Devi Saraswati, who is surrounded by Kirtimukha Prabhavali, sits atop a lotus pedestal. Kirtimukha is a ferocious monster face with huge fangs and bulging eyes. It tops the horseshoe arch (Prabhavali) and is considered to swallow all the evil forces. Adorned in embroidered silk dhoti and bedecked with radiant gold ornaments, Devi’s left leg rests folded on the plinth.
Her four arms represent the four heads of Brahma and wield different items – a string instrument called Veena in the front left arm symbolizes the flow of harmony through the sequence of ragas, a rosary in the right hand emphasizes the importance of meditating on the holy names of God, the rear left hand holds a book symbolizing Vedas that represent the eternal and absolute truth, and the right hand holds the blessing gesture. She, the epitome of purity, wears a tall crown on her head, a symbol of her power and dignity.
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