Saraswati, Goddess Of Sound

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Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts.

The Rigvedic hymns dedicated to Saraswati mention her as a mighty river with creative, purifying, and nourishing properties.

In the beginning there was chaos.  Everything existed in a formless, fluid state.  "How do I bring order to this disorder?" wondered Brahma, the creator.  "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.

"Knowledge helps man find possibilities where once he saw problems."  Said the goddess.  Under her tutelage Brahma acquired the ability to sense, think, comprehend and communicate.  He began looking upon chaos with eyes of wisdom and thus saw the beautiful potential that lay therein.

Brahma discovered the melody of mantras in the cacophony of chaos.  In his joy he named Saraswati, Vagdevi, goddess of speech and sound.

The sound of mantras filled the universe with vital energy, or prana.  Things began to take shape and the cosmos acquired a structure: the sky dotted with stars rose to form the heavens; the sea sank into the abyss below, the earth stood in between.

God of Learning, the Arts, Music (plays the veena), and river