Sarasvati, aka: Sarasvatī; 25 Definition(s)

Introduction

Sarasvati means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is a Sanskrit word referring to a goddess. Acording to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.88-95, when Brahmā, Indra and all other gods went to inspect the playhouse (nāṭyamaṇḍapa) designed by Viśvakarmā, he assigned different deities for the protection of the playhouse itself, as well as for the objects relating to dramatic performance (prayoga).

As such, Brahmā assigned Sarasvatī to the heroine (nāyikā). The protection of the playhouse was enacted because of the jealous Vighnas (malevolent spirits), who began to create terror for the actors.

2) Sarasvatī is also to be worshipped during raṅgapūjā, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.1-8. Accordingly, the master of the dramatic art who has been initiated for the purpose shall consecrate the playhouse after he has made obeisance (eg., to Sarasvatī).

3) Sarasvatī is also the Sanskrit name of one of the seven Nāṭyamātṛ (‘mothers of nāṭya’) mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.86-87. They should be offered worship during ceremonies such as ‘consecration of the mattavāraṇī’ and ‘pouring ghee into sacrificial fire’.

Accordingly (85-87), “After saying these words for the happiness of the king, the wise man should utter the Benediction for the success of the dramatic production. [The Benediction]: Let mothers such as Sarasvati, Dhṛti, Medhā, Hrī, Śrī, Lakṣmī, and Smṛti protect you and give you success.”

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) One of the Deva-vibhāvana (hands that indicate the forms which accord with the character and actions of Brahmā and other Devas).—Sarasvatī: left hand–Ardha-candra, right hand–Sūci.

2) One of the Hands of the Famous Rivers.—Sarasvatī, the Patāka and Catura hands. Also see: Vyāvṛttacāpaveṣṭitau.

3) One of the Hands of the Famous Rivers.—Śarasvatī, the Bāṇa hand. Also see: Vyāvṛttacāpaveṣṭitau.

(Source): archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती, “Flowing One”):—One of the names of Mahāsarasvatī (sattva-form of Mahādevī). Mahālakṣmī is one of the three primary forms of Devī. Not to be confused with Lakṣmī, she is a more powerful cosmic aspect (vyaṣṭi) of Devi and represents the guṇa (universal energy) named sattva. Also see the Devī Māhātmya, a Sanskrit work from the 5th century, incorporated into the Mārkaṇḍeya-Purāṇa.

2) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती):—One of the female offspring from Mahākālī (tamas-form of Mahādevī). Also known as Trayī (“Three [Vedas]”) Mahākālī is one of the three primary forms of Devī, the other two being Mahālakṣmī and Mahāsarasvatī. Not to be confused with Kālī, she is a more powerful cosmic aspect (vyaṣṭi) of Devi and represents the guṇa (universal energy) named tamas. Also see the Devī Māhātmya, a Sanskrit work from the 5th century, incorporated into the Mārkaṇḍeya-Purāṇa.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती, “comforting”):—One of the twenty-four emanations of Lakṣmī accompanying Nārāyaṇa. This particular manifestation couples with his counterpart form called Sankarṣaṇa and together they form the fourteenth celestial couple. Lakṣmī represents a form of the Goddess (Devī) as the wife of Viṣṇu, while Nārāyaṇa represents the personification of his creative energy, according to the Pāñcarātra literature.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is worshipped above all for speech, knowledge, and music. Amongst the early Purāṇas, the Mārkaṇḍeya and the Matsya include rites centering on the goddess. The Matsya-purāṇa-vrata, provides an iconographic description of Sarasvatī in four-armed form: she carries the flute (vīṇā), rosary (akṣamālā), water-pot (kamaṇḍalu) and book (pustaka). The same list of objects is also found in the Viṣṇudharmottara-purāṇa (3.64.2), but with the added specification of which implement is to be held in which hand.

(Source): Google Books: Sarasvatī: Riverine Goddess of Knowledge (iconography)

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती, “the flowing-one”).—The Śakti of Brahma, represented as both his daughter and his consort, is the goddess of speech, Sarasvati. She represents the union of power and intelligence from which organized creation arises. Speech is the power through which knowledge expresses itself in action. Sarasvatī is the source of “Sonic-creation”. Creation or rather “Projection” of the universe occurs in two parallel processes — creation through sound (nāma) and the projection of forms (rūpa).

She is the goddess of eloquence, of all forms of knowledge, the patroness of the arts and of music. She is the source of all communication through language and writing. She is the power that resides within all poetry and writing.

2) The name Sarasvatī is that of a sacred river, mentioned in the Rig Veda as: — "She who goes pure from the mountains as far as the sea."

(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Devi
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

Purana

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती):—Wife of Brahmadatta (son of King Nīpa and his wife Kṛtvī). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.25)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

2) Sarasvatī (एकाक्षरा) is another name for Brāhmī, the form of Trikalā having a white body representing the energy of Brahmā, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 91. Trikalā (त्रिकला) is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—Goddess of learning. Birth. Sarasvati is the daughter of Brahmā. Kāmadeva was born from Brahmā’s heart; Krodha (anger) was born from his eyebrows; Lobha, from his lower lip, Sarasvatī, from his face; the Sindhus from his genitals, and Nirṛti, from his anus. (See full article at Story of Sarasvatī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—River Sarasvatī, flowing through north India is, according to Purāṇic conception, Sarasvatī devī who has assumed the form of a river. (See under Sarasvatī I). The following information about river Sarasvatī famed in the Purāṇas is from the Mahābhārata.

2) (i) King Matināra once performed a yajña on the banks of river Sarasvatī. At the close of the yajña Sarasvatīdevī appeared and chose the King as her husband, and a son called Taṃsu was born to the couple. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 95, Verse 26).

3) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—Wife of Manu. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 117, Verse 14).

4) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—Wife of Dadhīci maharṣi. The couple had a son called Sārasvata. (Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, 101, Verse 9).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—(Vāk Devī); Viśvarūpā, a mind-born daughter of Brahmā who began to love her. Being criticised by his sons for it, he gave up his body in shame. Presented Pṛthu with a wreath, and was offered a wreath of pearls by Viśvakarman. Gave away a string of beads to the Lord. Gave Vīṇa to Kumāra;1 a Mother goddess.2 The Goddess of Learning;3 enshrined in the faces of Brahmā,4 Gāyatrā5 in the 23rd Kalpa; constitutes 32 akṣaras; is prakṛti and Gaulī,6 source of all worlds;7 of four feet.8 Presented to Skanda a great vīra.9

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 24; III. 12, 28 and 33; IV. 15. 16. VIII. 8. 16; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 26. 45, Matsya-purāṇa 3. 32. 171. 33; 260. 44.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 47; 35. 44. IV. 7. 72; 19. 70, 73; 20. 101; 36. 19; 40. 8;
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 1. 2;
  • 4) Ib. 13. 52;
  • 5) Ib. 246. 57;
  • 6) Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 38;
  • 7) Ib. 23. 54-5;
  • 8) Ib. 23. 88;
  • 9) Ib. 72. 45.

1b) (Mahānadī) R. in Bhāratavarṣa of Brahmāvarta, in Kurukṣetra. Here Ūrvaśī enjoyed water sports with her companions when Purūravas found her a second time.1 The Brahmanadī; on its banks Vyāsa composed the bhārata, and his hermitage was on the western bank. Here he heard the bhāgavata from Nārada.2 Here Paraśurāma had his avabhṛta bath.3 On its banks was the Ambikāvana.4 Here sages practised tapas. At its source Pṛthu performed a hundred aśvamedhas.5 Lies on the way from Dvārakā to Hāstinapura. Flows west at Prabhāsa; was made to flow back towards a desert where Ambarīṣa performed sacrifices.6 When the sages performed yajña on its bank, a question arose as to who was the superior god in the world. Bhṛgu, the son of Brahmā was deputed to find this out.7 Here are eleven places sacred to Trīta, Uśanas, Manu and others. Vidura had his ablutions in all of them.8 Kṛṣṇa sat under an aśvatta tree on its banks preparing to leave off mortal coil and asked Uddhava to go to Badarī.9 On its banks Kardama performed austerities for 10,000 years. Its banks filled with hermitages, one was Kardama's. In it Devahūtī bathed.10 Visited by Balarāma.11 Parīkṣit came to hear Dharma at the place where the R. flows East, complaining to Earth on the advent of Kali.12 Defined.13 From the Himālayas; fit for śrāddha offerings;14 a holy river;15 sacred to pitṛs; flows from the slopes of the Hemakūṭa hill;16 flows through Kurukṣetra;17 scene of talk between Garga and Atri.18 sacred to Devamāta;19 in the chariot of Tripurāri.20

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 4. 15; IV. 19. 1; V. 19. 18; IX. 14. 33. II. 9. 44; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 95; 55. 43; 108. 59, 78; 109. 21;
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 4. 27; 7. 2.
  • 3) Ib. IX. 16. 23.
  • 4) Ib. X. 34. 2 and 4.
  • 5) Ib. IV. 14. 36; 16. 24.
  • 6) Ib. X. 71. 22; IX. 30. 6; IX. 4. 22.
  • 7) Ib. X. 89. 1-2.
  • 8) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III: 1. 21-22.
  • 9) Ib. III. 4. 3-8.
  • 10) Ib. III. 21. 6; 22. 27. 23. 25. 24: 9:
  • 11) Ib. X. 78. 18-19.
  • 12) Ib. I. 16. 37.
  • 13) VIII. 4. 23-4.
  • 14) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16: 24: 27; III. 13. 69; 14. 83; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 14. 18.
  • 15) Matsya-purāṇa 7. 3.
  • 16) Ib. 22. 23.
  • 17) Ib. 121: 64-5; 186. 10; 229. 3.
  • 18) Ib. 239. 18.
  • 19) Ib. 13. 44;
  • 20) Ib. 114. 20; 133. 24.

1c) A river in Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 10.

1d) The mother of Sārvabhauma—Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 17.

1e) A wife of Pūrṇamāsa; sons, Viraja and Parvasa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 11. 12; Vāyu-purāṇa 28. 10.

1f) A wife of Dadhīci.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 94; Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 91.

1g) A Laukikya Apsaras.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 10.

1h) A Varṇaśakti; worships Kāmākṣī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 39. 14; 44. 57 and 71.

1i) The mother of Danu and Diti by Āditya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 57.

1j) A mountain in the Himālayas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 168.

1k) The wife of Havyavāhana.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 14.

1l) The name of a tīrtha.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 77. 67.

1m) The wife of Ranti.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 129.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Katha (narrative stories)

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) or Bhāratī is born from the mouth of Brahmā and is the goddess of speech and learning, the revealer of divine wisdom and the patroness of arts and sciences. She holds a Viṇā in her hand. She is also said to be Vagīśvarī and Brāhmī. Soḍḍhala while praying to Sarasvatī says, “Let the Goddess, the mistress of speech, bom from the mouth of the lotus-born God (Brahmā), purify the world the Goddess who witnessing simulataneously the whole of the literary world subsists in the mind’s eye of the poet like its pupil.”

(Source): Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

Kavya (poetry)

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is the name of various rivers mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—In the Kāvyamīmāṃsā, Rājaśekhara mentions two rivers of the same name Sarasvatī. One places in the northern India, while the other in the west. The first north Indian Sarasvatī River flows alongside. Thaneśvara, Pṛthudaka and disappears into the Sandy desert at Vināsana. The other western Indian Sarasvatī flows by Pattan in the Baroda territory and into the little Rann of cutch.

2) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is also the name of the Goddess of wisdom and learning. She is also wife of Prajāpati Brahmā and mother of Kāvya-puruṣa.

(Source): Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—Veṅkaṭeśa praises Sarasvatī as the mother goddess and also as a river throughout Vṛttaratnāvalī. He just follows the Indian tradition and hints at the dual forms of Sarasvatī. Sāyaṇācārya, the commentator of Vedas and Yāska, the author of Nirukta also invoke the dual form of Sarasvatī. The Ṛgveda says that Sarasvatī is best of mothers, best of rivers and best of goddesses.

2) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—In his Nṛsiṃhavṛttamālā, Virūpākṣa Yajvan says: The goddess (Sarasvatī), who is worshiped by Mahendra et.al. may sit in my kaṇṭha (vocal cord). Then he explains various aṅgas of the goddess by using various similes (which are also names of metres). He compares the movement of the goddess with metre mandākrāntā (moving slowly), the teethes of the goddess with metre śikhariṇī (peak), the two buttocks (nitamba) with the metre pṛthvī, the beauty of the eyes with the metre yugmavipulā, hair style (kaca) with the metre sragviṇī, the palms, (which are comparable transparent pearls with sphaṭika) with the metre maṇimālā. Exhibiting goddess Sarasvatī in this work, he says: the wife of Vidhi (Brahmā), who is worshiped by Indra and other gods may leave in my voice.

(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

Itihasa (narrative history)

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.90.25). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sarasvatī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Sarasvatī also refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.90.28).

Sarasvatī also refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ).

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Sārasvatī (सारस्वती) refers to “acquiring eloquence” and is accomplished by performing mantrasādhana (preparatory procedures) beginning with japamālā using a rosary bead made of coral beads, according to the Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.44. Accordingly, “it is said that a rosary made of coral beads is for the sārasvatī (acquiring eloquence); the same rosary or a rosary made of ruby is for vaśya (controlling others); and a rosary of putrajīva is for all kinds of ritual”.

(Source): Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) refers to the “Goddess of learning” and wife of Lord Brahmā. She usually sits on a white swan and holds a vīna (stringed instrument) in her hands.

2) Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is a Sanskrit word referring to a dwelling place or resort of the celestial nymphs (apsaras). They live chiefly on earth around rivers or on mountains, as in the courts of all the gods.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) in the Pañchaviṃśa-brāhmaṇa gives two very significant pieces of evidence regarding the Sarasvatī (river). In the first place, it confirms the Ṛgvedic statement that the Dṛṣadvatī was a tributary of the Sarasvatī. Second, it states: “At a distance of a journey of forty days on horseback from the spot where the Sarasvatī is lost (in the sand of the desert), (is situated) Plakṣa-prasravaṇa”. Although with the horse-back-journey distance it may not be possible to identify the exact place where the Sarasvatī disappeared, it is nevertheless clear that by the time of the Pañchaviṃśa-brāhmaṇa it was no longer alive.

(Source): Google Books: The Indo-Aryan Controversy

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is the name of a river frequently mentioned in the Rigveda and later. In many passages of the later texts it is certain the river meant is the modern Sarasvatī, which loses itself in the sands of Patiala (see Vinaśana). With the Dṛṣadvatī it formed the western boundary of Brahmāvarta (see Madhyadeśa). It is the holy stream of early Vedic India. The Sūtras mention sacrifices held on its banks as of great importance and sanctity.

(Source): archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Sarasvatī (consort of Brahma), represents all forms of knowledge. The word “Sarasvatī” means “saro nīram, jñānam vā, tadvat, raso vā tasyāḥ iti’—“one who possesses water or knowledge, or one who is the essence of everything”.

(Source): Marg Foundation: Īśvara

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Sarasvati (Japanese: Benzaiten) Goddess of Language, Poetry and Music(Source): The Art of Asia: Who is Who in Heaven

India history and geogprahy

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is the name of a river mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—The river Kankatori which takes rise on the range of the hills forming the watershed between the valley of the Kṛṣṇagaṅgā and Chilas, and flowing southwards, enters into the Kṛṣṇagaṅgā near the village of Shardi is still known to the people by the name Sarasvatī. The Nīlamata refers to its confluence with the Śuddhā and locates it to the east-south of Devasara.

(Source): archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Sarasvatī (सरस्वती) is the name of one of the children of Dhīreśvarācārya (1851-1919 C.E.): a poet of modern Assam who composed Vṛttamañjarī. Dhīreśvarācārya was the son of Keśavācārya. His maternal grandfather was Bhavadeva, resident of Nāgārakucha and belonged to Vasiṣṭhagotra. Dhīreśvarācārya is also the elder brother of Rudreśvarācārya and Upendrācārya and father of Bhāratī, Sarasvatī and Sarveśvara.

(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)
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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—f (S) The wife of Brahma, the goddess of speech and eloquence, the patroness of music and the arts, and the inventress of the Sanskrit language and the Devanagari letters. 2 A Veda, a Shastra, or other divine writing, or a work generally in the Sanskrit tongue: all such being ascribed to this goddess as the authoress. 3 Speech,--the faculty, or the exercise of it. 4 A line or figure which children, learning to write, draw upon their sand-boards, and worship as representing the goddess Saraswati. 5 The river Sarsooty, which loses itself in the sands of the great desert, and is supposed to re-appear at Allahabad and there join the Ganges and Jumna. 6 Appellatively. A term for an eloquent, or an inventive, or an excelling woman.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—f The goddess of speech and eloquence, speech.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sarasvatī (सरस्वती).—1 Name of the goddess of speech and learning, and represented as the wife of Brahman; परस्परविरोधिन्योरेकसंश्रयदुर्लभम् । संगतं श्रीसरस्वत्योर्भूतयेऽस्तु सदा सताम् (parasparavirodhinyorekasaṃśrayadurlabham | saṃgataṃ śrīsarasvatyorbhūtaye'stu sadā satām) || V.5.24.

2) Speech, voice, words; इति देहविमुक्तये स्थितां रतिमाकाशभवा सरस्वती (iti dehavimuktaye sthitāṃ ratimākāśabhavā sarasvatī) ... अन्वकम्पयत् (anvakampayat) Ku.4.39,43; R. 15.46.

3) Name of a river (which is lost in the sands of the great desert).

4) A river in general.

5) A cow; ŚB. on MS.1.3.49; Vāj.8.43.

6) An excellent woman.

7) Name of Durgā.

8) Name of a female divinity peculiar to the Buddhists.

9) The Soma plant.

1) The plant called ज्योतिष्मती (jyotiṣmatī).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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