A big thanks to our regular donors, Vicky & Dennis Jeffers for the balance of monies to purchase our statue for the school.
Dewi Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning
Saraswati is celebrated as a feminine deity with healing, purifying powers of abundant, flowing waters.
The goddess Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, we have her standing on a white lotus, which symbolizes light, knowledge and truth. She not only embodies knowledge but also the experience of the highest reality. Her iconography is typically in white themes from dress to flowers to swan – the colour symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity, discrimination for true knowledge, insight and wisdom.
She has four arms, those hands symbolically mirror her husband Brahma's four heads, 1.representing mind, sense, 2.intellect, reasoning, 3 imagination, creativity and 4. self consciousness, ego. Brahma represents the abstract, she action and reality.
The four hands hold items with symbolic meaning — book or script, rosary, a water pot and a musical instrument. The book she holds represents the universal, divine, eternal, and true knowledge as well as all forms of learning. A rosasy representing the power of meditation, inner reflection and spirituality. A pot of water represents powers to purify the right from wrong, the clean from unclean, and the essence from the misleading. In some texts, the pot of water is symbolism for the drink that liberates and leads to knowledge. The musical instrument represents all creative arts and sciences and her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony.
Saraswati is also associated with the love for and rhythm of music, which represents all emotions and feelings expressed in speech or music.
A swan located next to her feet. In Hindu mythology, the swan is a sacred bird, which if offered a mixture of milk and water, is said to be able to drink the milk alone. It thus symbolizes discrimination between the good from the bad, the essence from the superficial, the eternal from the evanescent. The swan is also a symbolism for spiritual perfection and transcendence.
A peacock is shown beside the goddess. The peacock symbolizes colorful splendor, celebration of dance, and peacock's ability to eat poison (snakes) yet transmute from it a beautiful plumage
She is usually depicted near a flowing river or near a water body, which may be related to her early history as a river goddess, we chose a fishpond and have filled it with fish.