Dynasty : Vijaynagar, Tamil nadu
Period : Late Medieval 1300 CE
Material : Stone
Location : National Museum
Current Location : National Museum
Saraswati is a symbol of knowledge and wisdom; its flow (or growth) is like a river and knowledge is supremely alluring, Like her presence, her origin holds great importance in the balance and creation of the world according to the Hindu texts. After creating the universe, Brahma looked over what was made and realized it was unformed and utterly lacking in concept. To help him with this monumental task of creating a form, Brahma decided to create the embodiment of knowledge. Saraswati emerged from Brahma and began to give him direction on how to create order in the cosmos; the sun, moon, and stars all came into being. She later became his consort.Lord Brahma thus became the creator of the world with Goddess Saraswati as his wisdom. An image of four-armed standing Saraswati. In her upper hands, she holds a rosary and a lotus; her lower right hand is in abhayamudra, while the corresponding left hand is lost. Her front right hand is also broken and joined. She wears a jatamukuta, usual ornaments and a sari. The thumb of her right hand is damaged.