Cost in brass by the 'cire Perdue' process, goddess Saraswati is
seated on a lotus. She is Brahma's Shakti and presides over and
protects wisdom and the arts and who invented writing. In
pre-Vedic and Vedic times, we find her venerated as the goddess
of rivers. Later she evolves into the goddess of eloquence.
Iconically, Saraswati appears as a four-armed goddess playing the
lute-Vina, which symbolizes the arts as a whole. In one hand she
holds a palm-leaf book justifying her image as Vidyadevi, the
book being a symbol of wisdom and writing. Every posture of the
hand is full of meaning. Her hand is in the teaching attitude
(vyakhyana mudra). She is dressed in a short choli and a minutely
carved lower garment. She wears an elaborate karandamukuta, which
gradually tapers upwards. Behind the crown is a 'siras chakra'.
This is a halo, also called prabhamandala, depicted behind the
head of the goddess. It is circular with lotus petals carved on
it. She is adorned with many ornaments. Numerous necklaces, earrings, bangles and anklets
decorate the image.
The vina is worked upon finely. The instrument ends in the form
of a fawn head, true to life with the gentle eyes. Indians feel
that knowledge and enlightenment spread wherever lies the image
of goddess Saraswati.
This description by Renu Rana.
Of Related Interest:
Goddess of Wisdom Oil Painting
The Shyama-varna Vagdevi popularly known as Saraswati
Saraswati Madhubani Painting from Bihar
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