Hindu Goddess Saraswati is revered and worshipped as the Mother of Vedas and of learning, music, craft, wisdom, arts and auspiciousness.
Saraswati, the companion of Lord Brahma (The Creator) represents speech (Vach), the mechanism or divine energy with which Brahma created the universe. So she is also called Vach Devi. Earliest mention of Saraswati as a Goddess is known to be found in Rigveda. She has since remained significant as a Goddess. From the Vedic period through modern times of Hindu traditions, everybody from musicians to scientists pray to her for guidance.
‘Vasant Panchami’ is celebrated every year on the 5th day or ‘Panchami’ of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha in the name of Goddess Saraswati as it is believed that on this day Saraswati was born. Hindus celebrate Vasant Panchami with great fervor in temples, homes and even schools and colleges. Goddess Saraswati’s favorite color WHITE assumes special significance on this day. Statues of the Goddess are dressed in white clothes and are worshiped by devotees adorning white garments. She is offered sweets which are given away as ‘prasad’ to all people attending the ritual. ‘Vasant’ comes from the word ‘spring’ as this festival heralds the beginning of the spring season.
Saraswati Mantras can benefit the devotees both materially and spiritually in several ways
Rosary to be used: Sphatic mala, Rudraksh mala
Flowers to be used: swetpushp, swetaasan, swetvastra.
Total number of recitations: 1,25,000 times.
Best time: Rohini, Mrigshira, Chandravalli.
Saraswati devi is the Goddess of speech, arts, music and mind power and it is believed that she revealed language to man. She is depicted as beautiful woman dressed in white expressing purity, sitting on a white swan which shows knowledge and truth, her four hands holding the veena – creativity and art, a book symbolizing the vedas, a sphatik mala showing the power of meditation and a pot of sacred water showing rejuvenating and purifying powers.
Collection of Saraswati Mantras
Saraswati Dhyan Mantra
ॐ सरस्वती मया दृष्ट्वा, वीणा पुस्तक धारणीम् ।
हंस वाहिनी समायुक्ता मां विद्या दान करोतु में ॐ ।।
Om Saraswati Mayaa Drishtwa, Veena Pustak Dharnim |
Hans Vahini Samayuktaa Maa Vidya Daan Karotu Me Om ||
Saraswati Beej Mantra
The Beej (or Seed ) Mantra(s) invoking Goddess Saraswati are based on mono-syllables. The Beej Mantra for Saraswati is based on the two words “Bhreem” and “Shreem”. The Mantras are simple –
i. “Aum Shreem Bhreem Saraswathaye Namaha”
ii. ॐ ऎं सरस्वत्यै ऎं नमः ll – “Aum Aing Saraswathye Namah“
Meaning : Salutations to Goddess Saraswati.
Benefit : Chanting the Bhij mantra of Saraswati can increase the intelligence and the power of speech.
Saraswati Mantra – Vidya Mantra for Students
सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि ।
विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु मे सदा ॥
“Saraswati Namasthubhyam Varade Kamarupini
Vidhyarambam Karishyami Siddhir Bavathume Sadha”
Meaning : Ode to the Goddess to tremendously enhance focussing power and retention capacity of the mind.
Benefit : This sloka is found to improve memory, power and concentration in studies.
Om Aing Mahasaraswatyai Namah |
Saraswati Mantra To Gain Powerful and Proper Speech
Recite this Saraswati Mantra one lakh times. By reciting this Saraswati Mantra one becomes famous by acquiring lot of knowledge.
वद वद वाग्वादिनी स्वाहा ।
Vad Vad Vaagwaadinee Swaha |
Meaning : ‘Vag Devi, bestow on me the power of speech.’
Benefit : For the children with speech disabilities, chanting this mantra regularly can help gain a proper speech and also improve their communication skills in the future.
Saraswati Mantra For Enhancing Intelligence
Recite this Saraswati Mantra one lakh times. By reciting this Saraswati Mantra enhance intelligence, creativity and knowledge.
ॐ ऐं ह्रीं श्रीं वाग्देव्यै सरस्वत्यै नमः ।
Om Aing Hreeng Shreeng Vaagdevyai Saraswatyai Namah |
Saraswati Mantra For Wealth and Knowledge
Recite this Saraswati Mantra one lakh times. Recite this Saraswati Mantra for wealth and knowledge.
ॐ अर्हं मुख कमल वासिनी पापात्म क्षयम् कारी वद वद वाग्वादिनी सरस्वती ऐं ह्रीं नमः स्वाहा ।
Om Arham Mukha Kamal Vaasinee Paapaatma Kshayam Kaari Vad Vad Vaagwaadinee Saraswati Aing Hreeng Namah Swaaha |
या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना ।
या ब्रह्माच्युतशंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा पूजिता
सा मां पातु सरस्वति भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा ॥१॥
“Yaa Kundendu tushaara haaradhavalaa, Yaa shubhravastraavritha
Yaa veenavara dandamanditakara, aa shwetha padmaasana |
Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara, prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswatee Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaapahaa ||”
Meaning : ‘May the Goddess Saraswati protect me. She is fair like the jasmine-colored moon, and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops. She is adorned in radiant white attire, on whose beautiful arm rests the veena, and whose throne is a white lotus. She is surrounded and respected by the Gods. Please remove my weariness, sluggishness and ignorance.’
Saraswati Mantra for Knowledge
सरस्वति महाभागे विद्ये कमललोचने ।
विद्यारूपे विशालाक्षि विद्यां देहि नमोस्तुते ॥
“Saraswati Mahabhage Vidye Kamalalochane
Vishwaroope Vishaalaakshi Vidyam dehi namosthute”
Meaning : Salutation to the Goddess for bestowing upon me the best of knowledge and the ease of learning.
Benefit : Chanting this mantra with devotion on a regular basis can help get the desired knowledge to the fullest. Those who have difficulties with their learning can resort to this mantra as the ultimate solace.
Saraswati Puranokta Mantra
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु विद्या-रूपेण संस्थिता,
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
“Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Vidyarupena Samsthita।
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah॥”
Meaning : ‘SaIutation to the Goddess Saraswati who bestows upon me the fearlessness of life in the form of knowledge and intelligence.’
Benefit : Recitation of this Mantra gives inner peace and strength in times of distress.
Saraswati Mantra for Illumination
“महो, अर्णः सरस्वती प्रचेयति केतुना, धियो विश्व विराजति“
“Maho, Arnah Saraswati Pracheyati Ketuna, Dhiyo Vishwa Virajati”
Meaning : Ode to the Mother to help remove all the unnecessary fear from the heart and enlighten the mind with more knowledge and intelligence.
Benefit : This mantra is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati to illuminate the minds of knowledge seekers and to dispel the fear of new worldly experiences.
Saraswati Gayatri Mantra
ॐ वागीश्वर्यै विद्महे वाग्वादीन्ये दीमहे तन्नः सरस्वती प्रचोदयात ||
“Om Vageeshwaryae Vidmahe Vagwadeenyae Dhimahe Tannah Saraswati Prachodayat”
Meaning : ‘Let me meditate on the goddess of speech. Oh, wife of Lord Brahma, give me higher intellect, and let Goddess Vani illuminate my mind.’
Benefit : Chanting this mantra can sharpen the capabilities of students and calm the senses of those who feel panic before the exams and other big events.
Other Important Saraswati Mantra
Saraswati Ekakshar Mantra: ‘Aim॥’
Saraswati Dvyakshar Mantra: ‘Aim Lrim॥’
Saraswati Tryakshar Mantra: ‘Aim Rum Svom॥’
Saraswati Mantra: ‘Om Aim Kleem Sauh॥’
Saraswati Mantra: ‘Om Aim Namah॥’
Saraswati Ashtakshara Mantra: This mantra comprises of the 108 names of Goddess Saraswati and it is advised that all knowledge seekers should practice it, to gain high and pure knowledge.
Benefit : Shri Ashtakshara Namavali is best recited before undertaking any new academic activities on the first day of schooling, before academic exams and results
Thus, as we can see Saraswati mantras have the power to dispel ignorance and confusion and bestow intelligence to the chanter. So the invocations should not only be limited to the times of distress and instead should be recited as many times as possible throughout the day.
It should be made sure that one is fully committed to the Saraswati mantras and is willing to maintain his/her inner peace constantly. This will relax the mind and make it more receptive to positive energy.
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