shashthi (sixth)

Today celebrate the sixth day of Navratni. Saraswati Awahan (invocation), first day of Saraswati Puja.

2012 Saraswati Puja Calendar

Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. A goddess of learning and a guardian of the earth.

I particularly like this list of names from the Wikipedia article:

She is also addressed as Sharada (the one who loves the autumn season), Veena pustaka dharani (the one holding books and a Veena), Vaakdevi, Vagdevi, Vani (all meaning “speech”), Varadhanayagi (the one bestowing boons) and many other names.

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