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Goddess Saraswathi. The painting by Raja Ravi Varma
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Goddess Saraswathi

Goddess Saraswathi is a beautiful oil painting by Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. Saraswati is one of the foremost deities of the Hindu pantheon and part of the Tridevi or "trinity" with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, beauty, fortune, and joy; and Parvati, goddess of fertility, marriage, and devotion. Saraswati, in turn, represents learning, art, and music.

Goddess Saraswathi's earliest known mention dates back to over 3000 years ago in the Rigveda, one of the four sacred Vedas, the canonical texts of Hinduism. In the initial texts, Sarawasthi refers to the deified Sarasvati River in Northwestern India. Later, it was used to describe a personified being: "the best of mothers, best of rivers, best of goddesses."

Raja Ravi Varma presents the viewer with a tranquil yet powerful artwork that encapsulates many of the goddesses' traits and symbolism. Saraswati is represented with four arms and holds some objects. With her lower-left hand, Sarawasthi holds a book that symbolizes all forms of knowledge, but also the Vedas, meaning the universal truth. In her upper-right hand, she grasps a beautiful white crystal Japamala or mala, representing inner reflection and meditation. The mala is a beaded prayer string used to practice meditation, and it can be associated with other forms of praying beads, such as the Catholic rosary.

With her lower-left and upper-right hands, the deity plays the veena or Saraswati vina, an ancient Indian plucked string instrument. The instrument symbolizes the goddess' character as the mother of the creative arts and music, as well as the ability to find harmony in the cacophony of chaos. The river, which flows in the background, is seen as a cleansing element and may refer to her origins as a river goddess. By her feet, in the lower-left corner of the composition, is a peacock known as Citramekhala, painted with hues of green, dark blue, and white. Its wings shimmer with a golden hue similar to Sarawasthi's garments. The peacock is considered a sacred bird in Hindu mythology, and its image is associated with many other Hindu deities.

In the painting, one can notice some compositional elements Varma used to guide the viewer's attention. Much of the elements circling Saraswati were painted with an overall muted palette and loose, smudgy brushstrokes. However, the goddess was rendered with fine precision, displaying tones of luxurious reds, pure whites, and glimmering golden yellows in her garments, jewels, and headpiece, elevating and empowering her presence in the painting.

Perhaps the most striking feature of Varma's painting is Saraswati's semblance. Her face is serene yet powerful, imbued with a strong presence while she looks directly at the viewer as if gazing into one's very soul.

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