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Sarasvati

[suh-ruhs-vuh-tee, suhr-uh s-vuh-] /səˈrʌs və ti, ˈsʌr əs və-/
noun
1.
the Hindu goddess of learning and the arts.
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Sarasvati

/sʌˈrʌsvəti/
noun
1.
(Hinduism) a goddess of learning and eloquence
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Hindu goddess of learning and the arts, especially music. First appearing as the personification of the sacred river Sarasvati and also identified with Vac, the goddess of speech, she is later named the consort, daughter, or granddaughter of the god Brahma. She is regarded as the patroness of art, music, and letters and as the inventor of the Sanskrit language. She is usually represented as riding on a goose of pure white that is able to undertake long flights and holding a lute and a manuscript or book. In modern times her mount has frequently been represented as a swan. Sarasvati is worshipped at the advent of spring (January-February), when her image is taken out in jubilant procession, but she is also invoked perennially and at examination times by students and by artists and performers of all kinds. Sarasvati is also popular in Jain and Buddhist mythology.

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