The beauty of Saraswati is tenfold the beauty of all the devis of the Hindu pantheon put together. Wife of Lord Brahma, Herself the deity of learning and aesthetics, Devi Saraswati is the proverbial ‘fairest of them all’. In the murti of Her that you see on this page, She is seated on a high plinth of multiple tiers. Her long legs are gathered in lalitasana and Her hands are poised strategically upon the neck and belly of the sweet-sounding veena.
The style of this composition is very Southern. The long, slender form of the Devi is clad in layers upon layers of gold jewellery. From the choker at the highest point of Her neck to the anklet on Her feet, each element of Her shringar accentuates Her superb bone structure. However, the thing about Saraswati is this: beyond the gossamer beauty is an ethereal, almost musical, presence that no other deity can match.
She plays on Her veena, both the musical instrument and the divine musician alike in slender and curvaceous form. Overtones of a coppery blue hue punctuate the lustre of the dark earth-coloured medium. A murti such as this one would add to the aesthetics and the solemnity of the sacred space wherein She may be installed.
Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, art, expression, music, and intelligence. The goddess Saraswati is depicted in a sumptuous look, resting on a white lotus, that represents enlightenment, wisdom, and honesty, and the water on which the lotus is raised expresses the perpetual stream of knowledge. She not only symbolizes wisdom but also one’s existence in the most eminent self. Goddess Saraswati according to the legend is one of the female Tridevis: Goddess Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Saraswati’s Vahana is Hamsa, the divine bird is said to hold the incredible ability to discriminate between reality and imagination, i.e, the balance between emotions and reason.
Goddess Saraswati in this beautifully carved sculpture is holding Veena, the ‘divine instrument’ that has been the guiding blueprint of the development of music in Indian culture and the strings of the Veena is associated with human emotions. Goddess Saraswati can be seen in her typically illustrated way of holding the upper side of Veena with her left hand and the lower with the right, expressing her complete control over all departments of knowledge and her expertise to withstand and perform all parts of it. This Saraswati sculpture brings with it the blessings of Maa Saraswati to fill the devotee’s life with abundance in aspects of art, knowledge, expression, and music.
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