SARASWATI YANTRA BRACELET, KNOWLEDGE BRACELET, WISDOM BRACELET, EDUCATION BRACELET, ART AND MUSIC BRACELET
🔹 Made of 925 Sterling Silver
🔹 Finish Color: Sterling Silver
🔹 Dimensions: 21 x 21 mm
🔹 Weight: 15 gr
Knowledge is the greatest asset that a human mind has, cultivating that knowledge can help one become more confident and successful. Just like religions across the world, in Hinduism, Knowledge, and learning find a patroness in the form of Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati is one of the most revered Hindu deities in India and in Hinduism. She is known as the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. She forms a part of the Tridevi which includes Lakshmi and Parvati.
In this article, we shall cover various aspects of Goddess Saraswati from her birth and origin, her relationship with Lord Brahma, her iconography, and the festivals where she is celebrated.
Who is Goddess Saraswati❓
The etymology of the word, “Saraswati” comes from the fusion of two Sanskrit words, “Saras” meaning pooling water or sometimes loosely translated to “speech” and “Vati” meaning she who possesses. Originally associated with the river or rivers she is also known as “she who has ponds, lakes, and pooling water” or occasionally “she who possesses speech”. In some interpretations, “sara” is translated as “Essence”, and “sva” is translated to “Self”. Thus, the name Saraswati would translate to “She who helps realize the essence of self” or “She who reconciles the essence (of Parabrahman) with one’s self”.
Understanding the birth of Saraswati gives us an insight into who she was and what was her purpose in this universe. It also helps us to understand her relationship with Lord Brahma as well.
In the beginning, there was chaos. Everything existed in a formless, fluid state. Brahmna, the creator of this universe asked, “How do I bring order to this disorder?”
“With Knowledge”, said Devi.
Heralded by a peacock, sacred books in one hand and a veena in the other dressed in white Devi emerged from Brahma’s mouth riding a swan as the goddess Saraswati. The goddess uttered, “Knowledge helps man find possibilities where once he saw problems.”
Under her tutelage, Brahma acquired the ability to sense, think, comprehend and communicate. He began to look at the chaos through the wisdom he had acquired and saw the beautiful potential that lay therein. He discovered the melody of mantras in the cacophony of chaos. In his joy, he named Saraswati as Vagdevi, the goddess of speech and sound.
The sound of mantras filled the universe with vital energy or prana. The cosmos began to acquire shape and structure. The sky was dotted with stars and rose from the heavens, the sea sank into the abyss below and the earth materialized and stood still. Gods became lords of the celestial abodes; demons ruled the nether worlds, and humans walked the earth. The sun rose and set, the moon waxed and waned, and the tide flowed and ebbed. Seasons changed, seeds germinated, plants bloomed and withered, and animals migrated and reproduced as randomness gave way to the rhythm of life.
Brahma thus became the creator of the world with Saraswati as his wisdom.
Saraswati was the first being to come into Brahma’s world. It wasn’t long before Brahma began to see her with desire and lust.
Saraswati turned away saying, “All I offer must be used to elevate the spirit, not indulge the senses.”
Brahma couldn’t control his amorous thoughts and his infatuation grew. He gave himself four heads facing every direction so that he would always be able to feast his eyes on Saraswati’s beauty. Saraswati tried to escape Brahma’s gaze, taking the form of a cow. Brahma then followed her as a bull. Saraswati then changed into a mare; Brahma gave chase as a horse. Every time Saraswati turned, Brahma followed her as the corresponding male equivalent. No matter how hard Brahma tried he could not catch Saraswati in any of her forms. The goddess with multiple forms came to be known as Shatarupa. She personified material reality, alluring yet fleeting.
Angered by his display of unbridled lust, Saraswati cursed Brahma, “You have filled the world with longing that is the seed of unhappiness. You have fettered the soul in the flesh. You are not worthy of reverence. May there be hardly any temple or festival in your name.”
Undaunted by the curse, Brahma continued to cast his lustful looks upon Saraswati. He gave himself a fifth head to enhance his gaze. Brahma’s actions were motivated by desire confined consciousness and excited the ego. It disturbed the serenity of the cosmos and roused Shiva, the supreme ascetic from his meditation. Shiva opened his eyes, sensed Saraswati’s discomfort, and in a fit of rage turned into Bhairava, Lord of Terror. His eyes were red, his growl menacing.
He lunged towards Brahma and cut off Brahma’s fifth head. The violence subdued Brahma’s passion. Brahma’s decapitated head seared through Bhairava’s flesh and clung to his hand removing all his strength and driving him mad. Saraswati, pleased with Bhairava’s timely action, rushed to his rescue. With her gentle touch, she nursed him like a child, restoring his sanity. Brahma, sobered by the encounter, sought an escape from the maze of his own desire. Saraswati revealed to him that he would have to conduct a yagna to cleanse himself and start anew. In order to conduct a yagna successfully, the assistance of a wife was needed. Brahma chose Saraswati to be his wife and thus they were reconciled. Thus, we understand the birth of Saraswati, though necessary, was a complex and complicated process, showcasing the much darker aspects of Hindu mythology
⏺Importance of Goddess Saraswati as a River
The word Saraswati appears both as a reference to a river and as a significant deity in the Rigveda. Saraswati was viewed initially as a major river which geologists today consider as the Ghaggar-Hakra River.
The mythological story of Goddess Saraswati becoming a river is mentioned in the Srishti Khanda of Padma Purana as well as in Skanda Purana. It talked about a terrible battle taking place between the Bhargavas (a group of Brahmana) and Hehayas (a group of Kshatriya), and from it an all-consuming fire called Vadavagni was born which could destroy the whole world. Worried, the devas went to Shiva. He suggested that the devas go to Saraswati for help, requesting her to become a river and immerse the Vadavagni into the ocean. She agreed to go, only on the condition that Bramha would tell her, which he did. Therefore Saraswati agreed and left Brahmaloka. She arrived at sage Uttanka’s ashram. There, she met Shiva who gave her Vadavagni in a pot and told her that it originated from the Plaksha tree. Saraswati, therefore, merges with the tree and transforms into a river.
In real life, the river Saraswati carried glacial water from the Himalayas through the plains of northwest India and probably ended in a series of large lakes within the Thar Desert, its water only reaching the sea in very wet rainy seasons. Many significant archaeological sites have been excavated along its course way, indicating that the river played a vital part in the development of the Indus Valley civilization. However, the Saraswati began to dry up during the Harappan and Late Harappan phases, as evidenced by the abandonment of many settlements, disappearing completely around 1900 BCE. To the people who lived along her banks, the goddess Saraswati was originally a personification of the river itself. As its waters began to fail and the Harappa settlements shifted eastward towards the mighty Indus river, Saraswati began to lose her status as a river goddess and became increasingly associated with literature, the arts, and music. As centuries passed, she grew further to embody the concepts of intelligence, consciousness, knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment, and power.
Goddess Saraswati is celebrated and worshipped in India and across the world. She is worshipped in various east Asian countries such as Japan, Cambodia, Bhutan, Thailand, and Myanmar. She holds immense importance in Hinduism and one can learn a great deal from her life story.
Saraswati Yantra is worshipped to appease Goddess Saraswati and it bestows intellect, intelligence, memory and concentration, knowledge and appreciation of creative arts, and achievement of success in competitive exams. It is a must for those who are dull-witted or have suffered breaks in their education, and for those who are suffering from the bad effects of a malefic Jupiter. Married women should worship this yantra for a happy and blissful life and unmarried women to get an ideal life partner. Sarswati Yantra, if propitiated with ardent devotion can definitely enhance the knowledge of the devotee. By worshipping Saraswati Yantra students will perform well in the examinations. Only good thoughts will spring up from their minds. This Yantra ensures success in studies and high achievement in competitive examinations. What is yantra? The meaning of the word ‘Yantra in Sanskrit is “yam” with the suffix “tra,” where “tra” means instruments or tools and “yam” means “to gain control over the energy inherent in some element or being”. Yantras carry spiritual significance and point the user to higher levels of consciousness. Yantra is an instrument designed to curb the psychic forces by concentrating them on a specific pattern, and in such a way that this pattern becomes reproduced by the worshiper’s visualizing power. According to Sri Swami Satchidananda, a yantra is “a physical expression of a mantra – a mantra being a Divine aspect in the form of sound vibration – yantra in the form of a geometrical figure.” So “when mantras or divine ideas are meditated upon, certain images are brought out” and these images “are used in meditation or worship to symbolize or express certain divine ideas and quality (Satchidananda).
It is good to pray to Saraswati before tests or when seeking to become knowledgeable about something elegant. She gives blessings to people in pursuit of knowledge or creative pursuits. She can free one from lethargy and ignorance.
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