I have recited this prayer to Goddess Saraswati since childhood:

yA kundendu tushhArahAradhavalA yA shubhravastrAvR^itA yA vINAvaradaNDamaNDitakarA yA shvetapadmAsanA yA brahmAchyutasha.nkaraprabhR^itibhirdevaiH sadA vanditA sA mA.n pAtu sarasvatI bhagavatI niHsheshhajADyApahA

I am not sure which scripture it comes from can anyone help?

EDIT - people trying to mark the question as a duplicate kindly note the so called Agastya Stotra that is the answer in the other question is NOT the only source of this verse. No point linking this to that since this particular prayer is found in multiple texts including the Bhavabhuti Subhashita.

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    See this Q: This may or may not be part of any scripture. Anyways we know who composed it. hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/20043/… – Rickross Jan 16 '18 at 6:46
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    @Rickross the link you shared is for a different verse. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Jan 16 '18 at 6:56
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    NO, the very first verse of Agastya Krita Saraswati Stotram is the verse you're asking about. There OP picked up yet another verse from the same Stotram. Read the stotram here: greenmesg.org/stotras/saraswati/saraswati_stotram.php – Rickross Jan 16 '18 at 6:59
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    It may not be from any scriptures like i said in that answer there. It's famous as the Agastya Krutha Saraswati Stotram. – Rickross Jan 16 '18 at 10:13
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    As i have said it may not have any scriptural source at all. Some Stotrams are like that. For eg see the Daridra Dahana Shiva Stotra by Sage Vashishta. It is also probably not part of any scripture, but still it is as authoritative. hindudevotionalblog.com/2013/01/… – Rickross Jan 16 '18 at 11:46

This is the first verse of the famous Saraswati Stotram:

yā kundendutuṣārahāradhavalā yā śubhravastrāvṛtā
yā vīṇāvaradaṇḍamaṇḍitakarā yā śvetapadmāsanā ।
yā brahmācyutaśaṃkaraprabhṛtibhirdevaiḥ sadā pūjitā
sā māṃ pātu sarasvati bhagavatī niḥśeṣajāḍyāpahā ॥

(Salutations to Devi Saraswati) Who is Pure White like Jasmine, with the Coolness of Moon, Brightness of Snow and Shine like the Garland of Pearls; and Who is Covered with Pure White Garments, Whose Hands are Adorned with Veena (a stringed musical instrument) and the Boon-Giving Staff; And Who is Seated on Pure White Lotus, Who is Always Adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Acyuta (Lord Vishnu), Lord Shankara and Other Devas, O Goddess Saraswati, Please Protect me and Remove my Ignorance completely.

The last verse of the hymn says it was composed by Agastya:

itthaṃ sarasvatīstotram agastyamunivācakam ।
sarvasiddhikaraṃ nṝṇāṃ sarvapāpapraṇāśaṇam ॥

Thus this Saraswati Stotram composed by Sage Agastya Leads to all Accomplishments and Destroys all Sins.

But as far as I know it's not found in any scriptures.


As stated in following answer:
What is source of the Saraswati sloka “ Saraswati namastubhyam varade kamarupini…”?

The verse is not found in any scripture.

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    Why do we need a comunity wiki answer even after there is a non wiki answer saying the same? Moreover, Saraswati Namastubhyam and Yakundendu Tusharahara are two different verses. This answer doesn't serve any purpose. – Sarvabhouma Jan 17 '18 at 9:07
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    Two different verses but of the same Stotra...Do we need to have 10 Qs for 10 such verses of a same Stotra? "This answer doesn't serve any purpose." The other answer also does not serve any purpose either after my answer there. @Sarvabhouma At least this better as it is has intentionally been made a wiki. The intention is good. – Rickross Jan 17 '18 at 9:35
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    First, the verse is NOT a part of the so called Agastya Stotra as shared in the comments section of Keshav's answer in fact it can be found at multiple places. Second, it is quite a sweeping statement to say that a verse is not found in any scripture at all! No one could have gone through ALL the extant scriptures to make that claim ever. The best someone can say is that he or she hasn't come across the verse anywhere yet :) – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Jan 17 '18 at 13:39
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    @Dr.VineetAggarwal Cool down. I am not at all against ur question. We are just discussing how "ethical" it is to answer such exactly similar Qs without adding anything from our own side. As u can see, the non-wiki answer hardly adds anything to the discussion.after my comments and the answer there. So, it's about the answer given and not about ur Q at all. – Rickross Jan 17 '18 at 14:47
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    Second, it is quite a sweeping statement to say that a verse is not found in any scripture at all! No one could have gone through ALL the extant scriptures to make that claim ever -- That's exactly why i am against the answer given by Keshava. With that one line (that it is not found in any scriptures) he is answering the Q. It should be deleted. @Dr.VineetAggarwal – Rickross Jan 17 '18 at 14:57

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