Women’s Day is coming up on March 8. This is a day to celebrate women, so we thought it would be fun to celebrate the different aspects and powers of women in Indian mythology. Here’s the first in this series!
SARASWATI – KNOWLEDGE.
Saraswati is the Goddess of Knowledge. With Knowledge, you can own the world. In some ways she did. In fact, she helped create it. Legend has it that after Lord Brahma created the Universe, he felt that it lacked a few things like order and forms and concepts. He thought that it would be a good idea to create someone who personified that knowledge. So, pop! Out of his mouth came the Goddess Saraswati. She got to the task straight away. She showed Brahma the ways and means to create order in the Universe and voila! The sun, moon, stars, tides and seasons were born.
Saraswati is often shown with four arms that might symbolize the four aspects of learning – alertness, the mind, the intellect and the ego. Or they could symbolize the Vedas, depending on what mythology you read. She is most often dressed in white, though her favourite colour is supposed to be yellow, and people wear yellow clothes on the day of Saraswati Puja. Being a woman, Saraswati can multitask well and is also the Goddess of music and the arts.
Written by: Pereena Lamba. Pereena is a freelance writer, editor and creative consultant. She is also co-author of Totally Mumbai.