Sarasvati (सरस्वती, สรัสวดี)
goddess of art and
and the consort of
Buddhism, she is the goddess of education, music and poetry, and the
she is known as Biancai Tian (辩才天), i.e. the ‘Heavenly Eloquence’,
mount is a peacock (fig.),
in Sanskrit known as
Central Vietnam, i.e.
Cham art, she is
sometimes represented as seated on the
on its Burmese equivalent, i.e. the
veena, i.e. a
In Thai, she is known as
In Tibet, she also has a wrathful emanation, which is known as
Magzor Gyalmo in Tibetan, which translates as
of the Weapon Army’.
an enlightened protector deity
is portrayed with a dark blue complexion, one face and two hands,
holding aloft a scepter in one hand and a
i.e. a cup made from a human skull (fig.),
in the other. She wears a necklace of severed human heads and is
seated on a donkey (fig.).
this Hindu goddess was a personification a
the river Sarasvati.
Matangi is the Tantric form of Sarasvati, who in her appearance as
Raja-Matangi (fig.), is also depicted playing the veena, but —unlike Sarasvati— in the company of a parrot (fig.). See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1) and (2).