Ever since the dawn of humanity on Earth, humans have made every effort in search of divine knowledge and wisdom. We have raised our hands and prayed so that we can be blessed with knowledge and wisdom.
Only the light of true knowledge has the power to guide us on the path progress and prosperity. The Hindu Religion has always held that true and divine knowledge is essential for the well-being of humans on Earth.
True knowledge is our only savior, and Maa Saraswati is the best example to reiterate the fact that true knowledge is close to our hearts.
In this article, we endeavor to describe in length the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, arts, and music that is Saraswati Maa.
In fact, Maa Saraswati is one of the most worshiped Goddess in the Hindu Religion. She is regarded as the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, music, and arts.
Every seeker of divine knowledge worships Goddess Saraswati so that he or she may be blessed with ultimate knowledge and wisdom.
She is the supreme Goddess of knowledge and is worshiped by students, teachers, artists, musicians, scholars, and scientists.
Maa Saraswati is the divine consort of Lord Brahma who is regarded as the Creator of the Universe in the Hindu Religion.
She is believed to be a part of the holy trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati who go on to assist Brahma, Vishnu, and Lord Shiva in creating, maintaining, and regenerating the Universe respectively.
The Rig Veda aptly describes Maa Saraswati as the Goddess of Knowledge and Learning. Hindus regard Goddess Saraswati as the pure embodiment of intelligence, creativity, consciousness, cosmic knowledge, education, enlightenment, music, and arts.
Hindus consider Goddess Saraswati as the “Mother of Vedas.” She is the bestower of “divine knowledge” essential for the achievement of “Moksha” or salvation.
In fact, Saraswati is a Sanskrit word where “Sara” stands for essence and “swa” means self. So, Goddess Saraswati is essential for attaining pure knowledge. Some ancient Hindu texts regard Maa Saraswati as the sister of Lord Shiva.
According to the Vedanta philosophy, Goddess Saraswati is regarded as the feminine energy and knowledge aspect of Brahma.
In the Devi Mahatmya, Maa Saraswati is one of the forms of the trinity of Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, and Maha Saraswati.
Maa Saraswati is shown having four arms which also represent the four Vedas. Besides holding the sacred Vedas, Goddess Saraswati holds a mala (rosary) of crystals which represents the power of meditation and spirituality.
In one of her hands, she is shown as holding a pot of sacred water representing purification and creative powers. She also holds the Vina, a musical instrument that represents all forms of arts and sciences.
A Hamsa is often seen located next to her feet because of which Goddess Saraswati is also known as Hamsavahini meaning “one who has Hamsa as her vehicle.
Goddess Saraswati is portrayed having divine beauty with glowing white skin. She can be seen wrapped in a white sari and is seated on a white lotus flower. Swan is her chosen vehicle, but you can also see a peacock gazing her.
There is a distinct meaning behind the appearance of Maa Saraswati. The white lotus on which she resides symbolizes supreme knowledge. Her white sari denotes purity in knowledge.
The Vedas are the abode of true knowledge while the rosary is a symbol of concentration and meditation. Her Veena is a symbol of mastery of arts, sciences, and music. The white swan denotes the capability to judge between right and wrong. Her four arms signify her existence in the spiritual as well as the physical world.
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Maa Saraswati Story
When Lord Brahma created Universe, there was chaos all over. Brahma was confused and bewildered and did not know how to bring order.
At this time, he heard a voice saying that knowledge could help him achieve order. Then Goddess Saraswati emerged from Brahma’s mouth. She was the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom.
Goddess Saraswati was dressed in white and rode on a swan. She held the Holy Vedas in one of her hands, rosary in other, and played the musical instrument Veena.
She helped Brahma change chaos into harmony. Universe attained peace and joy with the divine intervention of Goddess Saraswati. Thus, Lord Brahma was the creator of Universe while Goddess Saraswati was his source of supreme wisdom.
Goddess Saraswati Mantra
Goddess Saraswati is regarded as the epitome of knowledge, wisdom, art, and music. By worshiping Goddess Saraswati, one is blessed with heightened knowledge and wisdom.
Chanting Saraswati Mantra is the best way to get the blessings of Goddess Saraswati.
Saraswati mantra helps to dispel ignorance and confusion.
It blesses the chanter with immense intelligence.
Regular chanting or recitation of Saraswati mantra improves speech, memory, and concentration in studies.
Chanting of Saraswati mantra is highly beneficial for students and can help them to pass the exams with flying color.
Chanting of Saraswati mantra is also beneficial in research work, higher studies and can help in career advancements.
In fact, Saraswati mantra helps to gain knowledge and wisdom.
It makes learning easy.
Artists, poets, public speakers, and writers can advance in their respective fields with the help of Saraswati mantra.
Here, we have featured some of the most powerful Saraswati mantras that can be used by students as well as professionals to gain knowledge and reach the height of success.
1. Saraswati Mool Mantra
ॐ सं सरस्वथाये नमः |
Om sum saraswathaye Namah
2. Saraswati Ekakshar Mantra
3. Saraswati Dvyakshar Mantra
4. Saraswati Tryakshar Mantra
ऐं रुं स्वों॥
Aim Rum Svom॥
5. Saraswati Dashakshar Mantra
वद वद वाग्वादिनी स्वाहा॥
Vad Vad Vagvadini Svaha॥
6. Saraswati Mantra
ॐ ऐं क्लीं सौः॥
Om Aim Kleem Sauh॥
7. Maha Saraswati Mantra
ॐ ऐं महासरस्वत्यै नमः॥
Om Aim Mahasarasvatyai Namah॥
8. Saraswati Mantra for enhanced intelligence
ॐ ऐं ह्रीं श्रीं वाग्देव्यै सरस्वत्यै नमः॥
Om Aim Hreem Shreem Vagdevyai Sarasvatyai Namah॥
9. Shri Saraswati Puranokta Mantra
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु विद्यारूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Vidyarupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥
10. Saraswati Gayatri Mantra
ॐ ऐं वाग्देव्यै विद्महे कामराजाय धीमहि। तन्नो देवी प्रचोदयात्॥
Om Aim Vagdevyai Vidmahe Kamarajaya Dhimahi।
Tanno Devi Prachodayat॥
Meaning: The mantra is a salutation to the Goddess Saraswati a humble request to bless the devotees with pure knowledge.
11. Saraswati Mantra
ॐ अर्हं मुख कमल वासिनी पापात्म क्षयम्कारी
वद वद वाग्वादिनी सरस्वती ऐं ह्रीं नमः स्वाहा॥
Om Arham Mukha Kamala Vasini Papatma Kshayamkari
Vad Vad Vagvadini Saraswati Aim Hreem Namah Svaha॥
Saraswati Puja Vidhi
Saraswati Puja is mainly performed during Diwali, Navratri, and Vasant Panchami. Saraswati Puja is also known as Sharda Puja.
To begin Saraswati Puja, books (including account books or any other books) should be kept at the place of worship. In fact, books symbolically represent Goddess Saraswati, and that’s why they are kept at the place of worship.
A Swastika symbol is drawn on account books with Rochana or Red Sandal Paste. After drawing Saraswati Puja, one can begin Saraswati Puja.
Here, we outline the steps involved in Saraswati Puja:
1. Dhyana (ध्यान)
Saraswati Puja starts with the meditation of Goddess Saraswati.
Dhyana should be performed in front of books that symbolically represent Goddess Saraswati. The following mantra should be chanted:
Maa Saraswati Vandana
Ya Kundendu Tusharahara Dhavala Ya Shubhra Vastravrita
Ya Veena Varadanda Manditakara Ya Shveta Padmasana
Ya Brahmachyuta Shankara Prabhritibihi Devaih Sada Pujita
Sa Mam Pattu Saravatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha Jadyapaha॥1॥
Shuklam Brahmavichara Sara, Parmamadyam Jagadvyapineem
Veena Pustaka Dharineema Bhayadam Jadyandhakarapaham।
Haste Sphatikamalikam Vidadhateem Padmasane Samsthitam
Vande Tam Parmeshvareem Bhagwateem Buddhipradam Sharadam॥2॥
या कुंदेंदु तुषार हार धवला, या शुभ्र वस्त्रा वृता |
या वीणा वरदण्ड मंडित करा, या श्वेत पद्मासना ||
या ब्रह्मा अच्युत शंकर प्रभृतिभि: देवै: सदा वन्दिता |
सा माम् पातु सरस्वति भगवति निःशेष जाड्यापहा ||1||
शुक्लाम् ब्रह्मविचार सार परमाम् आद्याम् जगद्व्यापिनीम् |
वीणा पुस्तक धारिणीम् अभयदाम् जाड्यान्धकारापाहाम् ||
हस्ते स्फाटिक मालिकाम् विदधतीम् पद्मासने संस्थिताम् |
वन्दे ताम् परमेश्वरीम् भगवतीम् बुद्धि प्रदाम् शारदाम् ||2||
2. Avahan (आवाहन)
Goddess Saraswati should be invoked with the following Mantra. You should fold your hands in Avahan Mudra that can be formed by joining both palms and folding both thumbs inwards.
Agachchha Deva-Deveshi! Tejomayi Saraswati!
Kriyamanam Maya Pujam, Grihana Sura-Vandite!
3. Pushpanjali Asana (पुष्पाञ्जलि-आसन)
After invoking Goddess Saraswati, you should take five flowers in Anjali (it is formed by joining palm of both hands), and offer them near the books. It symbolically represents that you have offered a seat to Goddess Saraswati. You should chant the following mantra:
Asanam Deva-Deveshi! Prityartham Prati-Grihyatam॥
4. Nav Upchara Pujan (नव उपचार पूजन)
Now, you should perform Goddess Saraswati Puja with Chandan, Akshata, Pushpa, Dhoop, Deep, and Naivedya. You should chant the following mantras:
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Padayoh Padyam Samarpayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Shirasi Arghyam Samarpayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Gandhakshatam Samarpayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Pushpam Samarpayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Dhupam Ghrapayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Dipam Darshayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Naivedyam Samarpayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Achamaniyam Samarpayami।
Om Shri Saraswati-Devyai Namah Tambulam Samarpayami।
5. Puja Samarpan (पूजन समर्पण)
After performing Pujan as described above, you should take Gandha, Akshata, and Pushpa, in the left hand and leave them near the books with your right hand while chanting the mantra.
Om Shri Saraswatyai Namah। Anena Pujanena Shri Saraswati Devi Priyatam। Namo Namah।
Saraswati Maa Images
Below you will find some of the most popular and rare Maa Saraswati photos. Maa Saraswati is worshiped as the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom.
Every devotee of knowledge, science, arts, music, or literature worships Goddess Saraswati. She is worshiped by students, scholars, artists, scientists and musicians.
So, if you are looking for Saraswati Maa Images or Photos, here is a beautiful collection showcasing Maa Saraswati in all her divine beauty and grandeur. Each of these Maa Saraswati photos reminds you that you have to progress on the path of true knowledge.
The blessings of Maa Saraswati will eventually propel you to seek true knowledge and wisdom. These Maa Saraswati images are a must for every devotee who wishes to seek the blessings of Maa Saraswati in every endeavor.
!! Jai Maa Saraswati !!