Devi Sarasvati is the wife of Lord Brahma. She is the presiding deity over learning and the arts, both of which are integral to the process of srshti. In turn, Lord Brahma is the presiding deity over the srshti (projection) of existence as we know it. One of the most distinguishing aspects of this murti is the crown towering above Her head. It is a stately, superfine number, unlike the relatively unassuming crowns assigned to the devi pantheon in contemporary devotional sculpture.
Then there is the statement-making pedestal. It is divided into multiple panels, each depicting a rudimentary but precisely done silhouette of other Hindoo devas and devis. A slender aureole, replete with traditional motifs and perfect symmetry, gathers at an image of kirtimukham above Her head. Note the dual sprig of vine growing out of the aureole that touches Her tall crown.
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