Goddess Saraswati is associated with all aspects of education. She is represented as the goddess of knowledge, learning, intelligence, music and the arts. The deity is portrayed with four arms and sitting on a white lotus. Dressed in a white sari, she holds a veena with two hands and has a rosary and a book representing the Vedas in the other two hands.
A special pooja is done in honour of the goddess on the ninth day of the Navaratri festival and on the fifth day of Panchami known as Vasant Panchami. It is said that the goddess was born on Vasant Panchami.
Parents usually make their children chant mantras dedicated to Saraswati everyday with the belief that the Goddess of Learning will help them focus on their studies.
Let us now look at some benefits of chanting her mantras with full devotion.
Makes Learning Easy
Students who recite her shlokas find that their concentration power has increased. This particularly helps them in their exams. One or both the mantras given here help in the learning process.
Saraswati Namastubhyam Varde Kamrupani
Vidyaarambham Karishyami Sidhir Bhavatume
This mantra is one of the most basic and popular Saraswati mantras among students. They are advised to say this mantra before they sit down to study to be blessed by the goddess with the ability to grasp difficult topics or subjects easily.
Om Aim Hrim Kleem Maha Saraswati Devaya Namaha
Develops Good Communication Skills
Chanting a Saraswati mantra helps children and adults alike to hone their communication skills. This can boost the confidence of job seekers and help them ace their interviews with confidence and ease. It is also said that Saraswati mantras help in overcoming speech disabilities.
Mantra: Vad Vad Vaagwadinee Swaha
Increases Wisdom and knowledge
A person who says mantras in honour of the deity is enlightened with wisdom, knowledge and intelligence. This can help in a growth in profession or career and get rid of the fear of facing new challenges.
Mantra: Maho, Arnah Saraswati Pracheyati Ketuna, Dhiyo Vishwa Virajati
Enhances Creative Skills
Her mantras also help in boosting a creative mind in chanters. Hence, musicians, artists, poets and those in art related lines will be bestowed with the blessings of the deity to unleash their creativity better.
Mantra: Om Aim Hrim Shreem Vaagdevyai Saraswatyai Namaha
Develops Inner Peace and Strength
Saying a Saraswati mantra regularly can help a person attain inner peace and strength. Students who tend to panic before their exams or other major events in their life will be blessed with a calm state of mind and the inner strength to face and defeat hurdles.
Mantra: Om Vageeshwaryae Vidmahe Vagwadeenyae Dhimahe Tannah Saraswati Prachodayat
Apart from the above mantras, you can also chant the Saraswati Ashtakshara Mantra that mentions all the 108 names of the goddess to gain maximum and pure knowledge. It is believed that chanting Saraswati mantras for 21 consecutive days 64 times in the morning and evening undoubtedly brings Devi’s blessings.
You can do a Saraswati pooja by putting a white or yellow cloth under a stool or pedestal and placing her idol or statue on it. It is recommended to use a cloth of one of these colours because they are said to be her favourite colours. Light a lamp in front of her and recite one or mantras with fervour. Chanting the Saraswati Mata arti is another good option.
The goddess can be pleased by offering food such as kheer, malpua or boondi. You can also offer any seasonal fruit if it is not possible to prepare any of the mentioned items. It is considered auspicious to do her pooja with yellow palash or champa while yellow flowers like allamanda, sunflower and rose can also be used.
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