Hindu goddess Saraswati who is the wife of Lord Brahma (the Creator) is believed to be the goddess of learning. She is portrayed with a white sari (a typical Indian costume worn by the women) carrying a Veena (a stringed musical instrument played by the Carnatic classical musicians). The name of the Veena held by Saraswati is known as Madalasa and she uses hamsa or swan as her vehicle.
Every Hindu family worship Goddess Saraswati when they perform aksharabhyasam i.e. the first education of their child and seek Her blessings for good education for their children.
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Basant panchami i.e Siri Panchami is celebrated as the birth day of Goddess Saraswati and this day is auspicious for performing aksharabhyasam.
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Saraswati Namastubhyam Varade Kaamarupini
Vidyarambham Karishyami Siddhir Bhavatume Sada
Padmapatra Visalaakshi Padmakesara Varnini
Nityam Padmalayam Devim
Saamam Paatu Saraswati Bhagawati Bharati
Yaakundendu Tushaara Haara Dhavala
Yaa Subhra Vastraanvita
Yaa Veena Varadanda Manditakara
Yaa Sweta Padmaasana
Yaa Brahmaachyuta Sankara Prabhrutibhi Devei Sadaa Poojita
Saamaam Paatu Saraswati Bhagawati Nishyesha Jaadya Pahaa
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