In India, we have many Gods and Goddesses dedicated for a particular thing. Above image is of Goddess Saraswati who is the goddess of Knowledge, insight, Creativeness and Wisdom. She is mostly depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in a white saree, Seated on a white lotus, which symbolizes truth and purity. she is shown to carry a book which symbolizes the Vedas which represent eternal divine knowledge. She holds a Veena ( a musical instrument ) which represents creative arts and sciences. A white swan is seen besides her or at her feet, which is considered a sacred bird in Hindu mythology. Her total appearance is based on white themes. White color symbolizes Sattva Guna i.e purity and true knowledge.
In India, A day is particularly dedicated to her. It is called Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchmi and is celebrated on 5th day of hindu calendar of Magha i.e 5th day of Spring. People celebrate this festival in temples, home and educational institutes. People worship the Goddess, light lamps or divas near her, offer fruits and sweets, place new books near her feet to seek her blessings.
For this year,I bought this statue, placed it on my son’s study desk, decorated it with flower garland, and along with my son offered our prayer and sought her blessings.
” To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.” -Socrates
To know more about Goddess Saraswati, read here.
Participated in ” Photo of the week ” event in response to the blogging 101 ” blog event ” task.