SARASWATI is the wife of Brahma the Creator. In this SARASWATI STATUE she is seated on a beautiful lotus base while playing an Indian guitar like instrument called a Veena and is holding prayer malas and a copy of the Hindu holy Vedas. SARASWATI wears neither jewels or paints herself with bright colors reflecting her essential purity and her rejection of all that is base and materialistic. She transcends the cravings of flesh and rejoiced in the powers of the mind as the patron of pure wisdom. She embodies all that is pure and sublime in nature.
The four Vedas , books of universal knowledge are her offspring. Her mount the swan personifies pure knowledge and her herald, the peacock, is the symbol of the arts. Schools and libraries are her temples. Books, pens , all tools of artist and musical instruments are used in veneration to the enlightening goddess of wisdom.
The story of SARASWATI saving the world from Shiva's third eye and the beast of doom: Shiva was woken from his meditations and looked around to discover a world on the brink of corruption and being unsalvageable. Shiva decided it was time to wipe the slate clean. Shiva, the destroyer ,opened his world destroying third eye attempting to destroy the three worlds. Out came a fire that threatened all existence. There was panic everywhere. Only SARASWATI remained calm. "Shiva's fire burns only that which is impure and corrupt".
She took the form of a river and with her pure waters picked up the dreaded fire from Shiva's third eye. Within the folds of her water she carried the fire far away from the earth to the bottom of the sea where it transformed into a fire breathing mare called Badavagni-the beast of doom.
"So long as the world is pure and man wise , this terrible creature will remain on the bottom of the sea. When wisdom is abandoned and man corrupts the world, Badavagni will emerge and destroy the universe", foretold the wise goddess.
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