I am re-posting the improved answer.
Nobody has given any parameter to explain why Saraswati was a daughter of Brahma. Daughter is produced only by X-chromosome of father and X-chromosome of mother. That means X-X combination of father and mother respectively.
In the case of Brahma and Saraswati this rule is not applied at all. So she is not bilogical ...
First of all we are not enough capable of translating each and everything correctly, but if you go through all the Puranas you will find one thing in common, the Param Brahma in creation divided itself into two parts, Purusha and Prakriti, the Purusha itself is the Tridev, the Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
The Prakriti is the universe, everything as the part ...
Godesses Ambika who is also known by the name Godesses Durga is the Mahisasura Mardini (slayer of Mahisasura). Precisely speaking it is Chandika form of Godesses Ambika who slays Mahisasura:
Chaptet 81 to Chapter 93 of Markandeya Purana is called Devi Mahatmyam and it sings the Glory of Devi.
First of all Mahisasura defeats all gods and take their ...
Lord Matsya, fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu, clarifies this in Matsya Purana.
Chapter 4 The Story of Saraswati in Matysa Purana says,
Manu asked, "O Omniscient lord, it is surprising to stare at the
daughter again and again which is a painful situation, but by
indulging in such a manner, how could the lotus born Brahmä not earn
any blemish? ...
Neither one of them is unmarried.
Saraswati is the wife of Brahma the creator god; here is how the Srimad Bhagavatam describes Brahma:
Lord Brahmā, the lord of Sarasvatī, was mystified. “What is this?” he thought, and then he was not even able to see. Lord Kṛṣṇa, understanding Brahmā’s position, then at once removed the curtain of His yoga-māyā.
Perhaps the most famous general Devi mantra is the Aparajita Stuti, AKA the Tantrik Devi Sukta, a mantra taken from the Devi Mahatmya (AKA Saptashati) of the Markandeya Purana, where the gods use this mantra to propitiate Durga. Here is the Sanskrit:
नमो देव्यै महादेव्यै शिवायै सततं नमः।
नमः प्रकृत्यै भद्रायै नियताः प्रणताः स्म ताम्॥९॥
Namo devyai ...
There is nothing bizarre or surprising in it.
Even the Brahmanda Purana says that Mother Lalita recreates the entire universe and recreates every deities including Lakshmi and Saraswati.
H. At the end of this great fire sacrifice, all of you (the performers
of the Yaga) should jump in to the Homa Kunda (fire pit). While doing
so, you must possess ...
I belong to Smarta family.
Till photography became popular in India in Mid 19th century and selling of photos/colour paintings of Gods had become a commercial business, idols of Gods were used to be worshipped.
Way back in late 1980s, when I was still in early twenties, I had observed in houses of our relatives and family friends, people of old generation,...
Yes the location is mentioned at multiple places in the holy books. According to various Hindu scriptures it originated in the Himalayas and ran a full course through the modern states of Haryana, Rajasthan and the adjoining region of Pakistan till it emptied itself into the ocean at Prabhas Patan in Gujarat. I shall share with you all the details I could ...
Goddess Durga herself is Adi Parashakti. In Sri Chandi (from the Markandeya Purana), she is described as the combined form of the 3 deities viz; Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.
The Devi Atharva Sirsha describes Adi Parashakti's features as follows:
sābravīt- ahaṃ brahmasvarūpiṇī । mattaḥ prakṛtipuruṣātmakaṃ jagat । śūnyaṃ cāśūnyam ca ॥2॥
Yes the story is mentioned at various places but it is not Shiva's energy but that of a rishi Aurva that turns into the Vadavagni.
SECTION CLXXX of the Adi Parva of Mahabharat gives the detailed story:
There was a celebrated king of the name of Kritavirya. That bull among the kings of the earth was the disciple of the Veda-knowing Bhrigus. That king, O ...
They are not completely same as river Saraswati is a part incarnation of Goddess Saraswati.
Devi Bhagvatam Book 9 Chapter 6 gives the reason for Ganga, Saraswati and Lakshmi (as Padmavati) to come down in the form of rivers. Due to a serious altercation between the three wives of Lord Vishnu (yes Saraswati is mentioned as Vishnu's wife before she joined ...
Swami Vijnanananda in his Foreword to his translation to the Devi Bhagavatam says:
What the Srimad Bhagavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devi Bhagavatam is to the Saktas. The question of the priority of the two Bhagavatas has been often discussed more in the spirit of partisians rather than that of sober scholars.
The subject of The coming in this world of ...
Not sure which scriptures contain it or if it is at all part of any scripture or not or simply an independent work.
Anyways, it is part of a famous Saraswati stotram composed by sage Agastya.
The 5th verse of the stotram is the verse you have quoted:
सरस्वति नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरूपिणि । विद्यारम्भं करिष्यामि सिद्धिर्भवतु
मे सदा ॥५॥
You should be following the customs that are traditionally followed in your own region since ages and you're not required to follow those of others, certainly not by discarding your own family\regional traditions.
So, you should be following what your parents ask you to do in this regard instead of searching how the same things are done by people living in ...
One derivation of the word "Saraswati" is given in the Devi Bhagavatam and which is as follows:
On the greatness of Kali:
1-110. Nârâyana said :-- A part of Sarasvatî descended in this Bhârata
Punya Bhûmi (land of merits), owing to the curse of Gangâ; and She
remained in full in Visnu's region, the abode of Vaikuntha. She is
named Bhâratî, on ...
In the Devi Mahatmya - The Murti Rahasya khanda describes that Adi Shakti has three main murtis:
Mahalakshmi or Sattvic Shakti with 18 arms
Mahasaraswati or Rajasic Shakti with 8 arms and
Mahakali with 10 arms who represents Tamasic Shakti.
From Mahalakshmi there came Brahma and Lakshmi both with golden complexion. From Mahasaraswati there came Shiva and ...
According to Shakta traditions, Adi Shakti exists before, during and after the existence of everything else but she is most commonly associated with Parvati as evidenced by the various episodes of the Devi Bhagwat Puran. In fact how she gets the title of Durga is also mentioned in one of the episodes.
Devi Bhagwat Book 5 Chapter 23 mentions:
1-7. Vyâsa ...
The Devi Puran Book 9 Chapter 6 gives us the story of how the three gods received their consorts. Apparently Lakshmi, Saraswati and Ganga were all living happily with Lord Vishnu in the beginning till the following incident disturbed their domestic harmony:
16-21. Nârâyana said :-- Hear, O Nârada! I will now describe that incident, the hearing of which ...
उत स्या न: सरस्वती घोरा हिरण्यवर्तनी: | वृत्रघ्नी वष्टि सुष्टुतिम
||RV. 6.61.7 ||
uta syā naḥ sarasvatī ghorā hiraṇyavartaniḥ | vṛtraghnī vaṣṭi
7 Yea, this divine Sarasvatī, terrible with her golden path,
Foe-slayer, claims our eulogy.
The verse you quoted in the question isn't actually saying that Devi Saraswati is the ...
This story is mentioned in Padma Purana Shristi Khanda chapter 17. Savitri curses all Gods and Godesses after seeing Brahma had married Gayatri as she came late in yagna. Surprising part is that in this chapter Savitri rains words of curses to all and most curses we read in several Purans and scriptures are given here by Savitri::
130.The priests also ...
Saraswati was not born from Bramha's relationship with any other woman. She was created by Bramha just the way he created everything else. I mean if he created Himalaya and if he created Shiva then isn't Shiva, Parvati's uncle?
Incest is a very modern concept probably derived from practical experience than inbreeding leads to defects. I dont think it can ...
Brahma desired to have a wife. Since it was Brahma himself who is responsible for creation, he created a lady named Saraswati. When Brahma expressed his desire to marry her, Saraswati opposed Brahma arguing that he was like a father to her since it was he who created her.
But Brahma persuaded Saraswati by saying that the very reason for her creation is to ...
She was indeed born like that from left half portion of Brahma. Many Puranas such as Shiva Purana, Matysa Purana describes this birth story of Sarasvati. But Brahmavaivartara Purana describes slightly a different version of her birth. It says Sarasvati was born from left part of Dharma who was born from chest of Sri Krishna. Brahmavaivartara Purana is ...
I'll cite from scriptures to show why Goddess Saraswati is considered as the Goddess of knowledge,wisdom,learning,eloquence,memory , poetic skills etc.
1) The Saraswati Suktam found in Rig Veda 1.3.10 has mentioned(in the last verse of the Suktam) her as the Goddess of learning and eloquence.
2) Next is the Saraswati Kavacham found in the Brahma Vaivarta ...
This can be easily answered by using only the Durga Sapta Sloki as the reference,which is a part of the famous Devi Mahatyam found in the Markandeya Purana.
The Durga Sapta Sloki (Seven verses to Durga) was taught by the
Goddess herself to Lord Shiva, to realize our objectives in the Kali
age. This is also called Amba Sthuthi. These seven verses are a
Here is two difference Sources May it will be helpful to know who killed Mahishasura both sources refer to Mahadevi Shakti so first we should know Who is Maha Devi Shakti?
The Shakta tradition glorifies Devi, the consort of Shiva, as the World Mother who, as Shakti, is the energy giving power behind all creation. Shakti is shown in many forms. As Uma or ...