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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sri Saraswati Devi

Om Aim Saraswatiaye Namaha

Goddess Saraswati Devi is worshipped as the Goddess of sixth day during Durga Navaratri Puja. She is worshipped on the final 3 nights of Navaratri festival. Saraswati Devi is the first and oldest mention of any Goddess in Ancient texts of India. She is the Mother of Vedas and the repository of Brahm's creative intelligence. saraswati is also called Vakdevi, the Goddess of speach and communication.

Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of wisdom and learning. Saraswati Devi is one who gives the essence of our own self. She is considered as the personification of all knowledge, arts, science, carfts and other skills. She has a beautiful and elegant presence is pure white in colour, clad in white sari seated on a white lotus. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning mind, intellect, alertness and ego. Saraswati Devi is controller of education, intelligence and speach.

'Sara' means essence and 'V' means the self, therefore meaning knowledge of the true self which is all knowing and all powerful. Mata Saraswati Devi is also called "Shwetambari", since 'Shweta' means white and 'Ambari' means 'One who clad or wear' because of her fondness of wearing white dress  and she sits on a white lotus. Saraswati Devi rides a swan and some times a peacock. The white lotus symbolizes supreme pure knowledge, while the swan symbolizes grace and the power of the discrimination. The peacock is the secret of OM. In one hand Saraswati Devi holds the Vedas which represent the true knowledge and other hand she holds rudraksha mala, representing the power of meditation and spirituality. In the third and fourth hands holds a mucial instrument called Veena, representing perfection of all arts and sciences.

Vasantha Panchami is to Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and art. This festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day or Panchami of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. Which falls during January-February. That on this day Goddess Saraswati Devi was born. Hindus celebrates Vasantha Panchami with great fervor in temples, homes and even schools. The learned and erudite attach greater importance to the worship of Goddess Saraswati Devi. As a practice only educate people worshipp her for knowledge and wisdom. They believe that only Saraswathi can grant them Moksha. She destroys the demon of ignorance and grants us knowledge and divine wisdom. 

"Saraswathi Namasthubyam, Varadhe Kama Roopini,
Vidhya Rambham Karishyami, Siddhir Bhavathu Maysada"

                              To day's Goddess Saraswati Devi Naivedyam

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