A Beautiful Prayer to Sarasvati

 

 

My favorite Indian goddess has always been Sarasvati.  Sarasvati is the Goddess of Knowledge, Education and Music.  She usually wears white and sits on a white lotus with a white swan, all representing purity.  She usually has four arms, one or two playing her musical instrument and the other arms holding a book, a sacred garland, and a pot of water representing cleanliness.  The swan is her “vehicle” which allows her to move from place to place.  The peacock is a eater of snakes and represents the ability to turn poison into beauty. She is usually depicted near a flowing river or other body of water, probably because in early history she was a river goddess.

This lovely invocation to Sarasvati, sung in Sanskrit, is sung before any educational endeavor.  In Sanskrit, the words are:

Sarasvati Namastubhyam
Varade Jnaanaroopini
Vidyaarambham Karishyami
Siddhir Bhavatu  Me Sadaa

Translation:

Salutations Mother Saraswati, giver of boons, fulfiller of desires

Bless me, so that I begin my studies successfully, may there be accomplishments.

This rendering is so beautiful, sung by an Indian singer KS Chitra, that I want to share this with you!

Sarasvasti Prayer

 

 

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