Durga as Saraswati.

The presiding deity for today in the ongoing Nava Rathri festival schedule is Sri Maha Saraswathi, my favourite deity . I still hold dear, the framed print of Her likeness painted by Prince Ravi Varma, which used to adorn the verandah of the house where I was born and brought up. In the picture She wears a pristine white saree and plays Her Veena sitting on a big flat rock, with the Veena securely poised on her right thigh, the right ankle resting across her left leg while a peacock listens to intently. There is a lake nearby populated with lotuses.
We rarely find temples dedicated for her. There is one in Basara, where parents take their children to initiate them into the process of learning, the learning of the alphabets in her sacred presence. But she is resident everywhere, where knowledge and learning is honoured and worshipped and she stays in the hearts and heads of everyone who loves to learn, not just read, learn anything good and skilful, something of use to himself and better still, to everyone.
In the Etv this morning I find D.V. Mohana Krishna, the accomplished singer and a disciple of M. Bala Murali Krishna, singing,along withanother accomplished crooner Kausalya, ” Mamavatu Sri Saraswati ” composed by Mysore Vasudevacharya in Hindolam.
There is another verse by Mysore Vasudevacharya composed in Athana ragam,” Sri Saraswatheem Bhagawatheem bhajata “


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