1Enakshi Ganguly = """The Goddess of Wisdom" - Saraswati, the goddess of art, music and learning, usually holds a book and a stringed instrument called a veena. She is the river of consciousness that enlivens creation; she is the dawn-goddess whose rays dispel the darkness of ignorance. Without her there is only chaos and confusion. To realize her one must go beyond the pleasures of the senses and rejoice in the serenity of the spirit. Saraswati's vahana is a peacock or a swan. The peacock represents arrogance and pride over its beauty, and by having a peacock as her mount, the Goddess teaches Hindus not to be concerned with external appearance and to be wise regarding the eternal truth."Source: http://www.lotussculpture.com/hinduvehicles.htm"
2Enakshi Ganguly = ""The word ‘Saraswati’ originates from the Sanskrit root, “Srigatou”, which represents a person who is the river or ocean of divine consciousness, where divine knowledge vibrates constantly just as water flows in a river. If water in a channel does not flow, it begins to stagnate and stink; if, on the other hand, it keeps flowing, it remains clean and removes all obstacles in its path. It also reaches out to serve others. The word ‘Saraswati’ thus has these connotations. Saraswati is also given the names Kamlã and Padmã in scriptures. Both these names mean ‘lotus’. Since the lotus is a symbol of detachment and purity – the essential characteristics of a spiritual person – these names signify her spiritual qualities. They further illustrate that Saraswati was not the name of her physical costume but ‘Kamla’ and ‘Padma’ were her spiritual titles."Source: http://shivadarshan.com/2011/06/30/saraswati-the-idol-of-spiritual-wisdom/"