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Deity of Arts and Knowledge

Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of arts and knowledge and also the daughter of Goddess Durga. It is not quite known whether she took part in the battle against Mahishasura, but this quartet [along with Ganesha, Lakshmi and Karthik] is always seen during Durga Puja.


In India, specially among practicising Hindus, if a person's foot comes into contact with anything that embodies the arts [pen, paper, a musical instrument and so on], he or she does an apologetic 'pranam'; touch the object with the right hand and lift the fingertips to own forehead while seeking blessings. This is owing to the belief that all these objects signify the abode of learning and knowledge, thus Goddess Saraswati herself. 


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According to another legend, however, Mahishasura was not always evil, on the contrary one of the greatest devotees. The gods and goddesses on the other hand, were engaged in a life of endless drunken revelry and the creators of the universe sought a way to teach them a lesson. The Creator then approached Mahishasura, who agreed to be incarnated as the buffalo demon and defeat the gods and goddesses, almost to the brink of complete decimation. On facing Durga, Mahishasura knew that his end was near, but he never back down and changed forms multiples times. He then attacked Durga to be defeated in each guise. Finally, on the tenth day he emerged from the buffalo form to that of a human form and had his chest pierced by the trident of Durga.

Deity of Arts and Knowledge

Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of arts and knowledge and also the daughter of Goddess Durga. It is not quite known whether she took part in the battle against Mahishasura, but this quartet [along with Ganesha, Lakshmi and Karthik] is always seen during Durga Puja.


In India, specially among practicising Hindus, if a person's foot comes into contact with anything that embodies the arts [pen, paper, a musical instrument and so on], he or she does an apologetic 'pranam'; touch the object with the right hand and lift the fingertips to own forehead while seeking blessings. This is owing to the belief that all these objects signify the abode of learning and knowledge, thus Goddess Saraswati herself. 


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According to another legend, however, Mahishasura was not always evil, on the contrary one of the greatest devotees. The gods and goddesses on the other hand, were engaged in a life of endless drunken revelry and the creators of the universe sought a way to teach them a lesson. The Creator then approached Mahishasura, who agreed to be incarnated as the buffalo demon and defeat the gods and goddesses, almost to the brink of complete decimation. On facing Durga, Mahishasura knew that his end was near, but he never back down and changed forms multiples times. He then attacked Durga to be defeated in each guise. Finally, on the tenth day he emerged from the buffalo form to that of a human form and had his chest pierced by the trident of Durga.

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Nov 2012, 00:15
Excellent post, Ayush...interesting information to go with this gorgeous image.
I just always love the colors on these! Amazing info - I guess sort of like so much in the world - what is evil and awful to one, is a quality to be admired for another! There's always two stories!
magnificent sculptures Ayush... you have shared a lot of history with us... thank you....petersmile
Fascinating Ayush. I confess to knowing virtually nothing about the Hindu Religion.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Nov 2012, 09:12
Fascinating Ayush
There is definitely a family resemblance. Lovely rich colours Ayush
Very fine statue isn't it.
vibrant colour and decorations Ayush!
What a fascinating figure Ayush, great capture!
A wonderful figure, Ayush, nicely captured.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Nov 2012, 07:44
This is a wonderful piece of art. Thank you for the information that goes with it. Real fascinating.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Nov 2012, 08:27
I'm "short of eyes" while looking at this, Ayush. WOW.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Nov 2012, 09:42
WOW she's a bit special Ayush.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Nov 2012, 09:48
A mighty tale Ayush. This godess looks pretty fiercesome with what looks like blood on her hands, but this must represent the dye used in Hinduism.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Nov 2012, 10:54
A fascinating culture A very beautiful image but what scary eyes!
Wonderful image! Many thanks for your informative words.

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