Saraswati Puja Greetings to all Dharmic Brethren!
Goddess Saraswati is revered & respected by ( Traditional ) Buddhists as much as the Hindus.
She is the Goddess of Art, Knowledge, Music, Wisdom and Learning
In Tibetan, she appears as a Buddhist Yidam* in her capacity as an embodiment of virtuous activities of all kinds especially cultural ones such as learning, and also the performing arts, especially music.
In many regards, she shares characteristics with White Tara.
In Tibetan, Saraswati is Yang Chenmo, or when her musical aspect is emphasized, she is Piwa Karpo.
In Mongolian she is Keleyin ukin Tegri,In Burmese as Thurathadi (သူရဿတီ, )or Tipitaka Medaw (တိပိဋကမယ်တော်,) in Chinese as Biàncáitiān (辯才天), in Japanese as Benzaiten (弁才天/弁財天) and in Thai as Suratsawadi (สุรัสวดี) or Saratsawadi (สรัสวดี).
The Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo is named for Saraswati.
She is often identifiable by her plain white garment, (though not in this image) her veena which is a stringed musical instrument, and her association with the consonants and vowels of the Sanskrit language.
Her own seed syllable is haym.
In the Sadhanamala (162) Maha-Sarasvati’s mantra is:
Om Hrih Mahamayange Mahasarasvatyai namah.
अम्बितमे नदीतमे देवितमे सरस्वति |
– Rigveda 2.41.16
*Yidam – Yidam is a type of deity associated with tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism said to be manifestations of Buddhahood or enlightened mind. During personal meditation (sādhana) practice, the yogi identifies their own form, attributes and mind with those of a yidam for the purpose of transformation.
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