Hansvahini, one who has a Swan as her vehicle, goddess Saraswati is the great mother who
bestows the boons of Wisdom-both worldly and divine. Her blessings are vital for a student,
artist, poet and person indulged in a creative activity to excel in her field.
Maa Saraswati sits on a lotus flower, in Lalitasana, the posture of Kings and royals. The regality
of goddess Saraswati is also displayed in her ornaments. From her beautiful crown to her
Nishka (necklace made from gold coins), this brass murti has successfully captured the beauty
that lies in wisdom. The chatrubhuja (four-limbed) Devi holds a Veena, a jap mala (rosary) and
the Veda in three of her hands. With her right hand, she makes the gesture of fearlessness. A
gorgeous Swan can be seen bending and pecking at her feet. The bird symbolises a sharp wit
that can distinguish between boastful and true knowledge. The hamsa's(Swan)
association with goddess Saraswati highlights the belief that when one acquires knowledge, she
can ably tell the difference between shallow and deep knowledge.
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