Saraswati, as the name implies, comes from the name of one goddess who became the wife of the god Brahma, namely Goddess Saraswati. Dewi Saraswati is believed to be a goddess who brings protection and plenty of knowledge and literature.
Saraswati, as quoted from the official page of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (Indonesia Hindus Organization), comes from saras and wati. The word saras comes from the word “sr” which means the spring or something that keeps flowing, while saras has the meaning of having. If interpreted in full, Saraswati means something that has flow of life water or science.
She is portrayed as a beautiful four-legged goddess who sits on a lotus while carrying some objects in his hand and accompanied by a peacock and a goose. Meanwhile, everything which is inherent in Goddess Saraswati including herself has meaning. And also, it related to science.
Beautiful and Attractive Face
She has a beautiful and attractive face means that science is something beautiful, gorgeous, and it is able to attract many people to learn. In addition, objects that are held by her also have a meaning.
Genitri or Tasbih
Genitri or tasbih symbolized as the eternity of science which is not limited to be studied, Lontar interpreted that science is holy and useful for humans, as well as Veena or musical instruments symbolizes that science is a beauty that can be enjoyed throughout life and can chill our mind.
The lotus where she sits with the swan and peacock that accompany her also has meaning, just like any other element. The lotus is a flower that lives in water and muddy areas. Despite living in such a place, the lotus can live and be free of wet and dirty water. It symbolizes the sanctity of The Almighty God of its creation on earth.
Swan and Peacock
Swan that lives in muddy places is symbolized as wisdom. Their ability to discriminate between food and mud illustrates how a reasonable human being can differentiate between good and evil. The peacock that has beautiful fur means an egoism of knowledge but it is having creativity with full of wisdom.
All elements owned by Goddess Saraswati surely have a meaning associated with science learned by many people on this earth. The illustrated description shows that science has many good characteristics for every human being who wants to learn it in life.