Saraswati Vandana Mantra

Definition - What does Saraswati Vandana Mantra mean?

The Saraswati Vandana mantra is one of many mantras chanted to gain favor with the Hindu goddess, Saraswati, known as the mother of the Vedas and champion of knowledge, wisdom and the arts. Vandana is a Sanskrit word meaning "wisdom." Chanting the Saraswati Vandana mantra is believed to remove all the obstacles to success in one's education and career.

Yogapedia explains Saraswati Vandana Mantra

The Saraswati Vandana mantra is as follows:

Yaa Kundendu tushaara haara-dhavalaa,

Yaa shubhra-vastraavritha

Yaa veenavara danda-manditakara,

Yaa shwetha padmaasana

Yaa brahmaachyutha shankara prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha

Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadyaa-pahaa

The Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya Centre for Performing Arts and Education in Australia offers this translation:

“May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon, and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops; who is adorned in radiant white attire, on whose beautiful arm rests the veena, and whose throne is a white lotus; who is surrounded and respected by the gods, protect me. May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness and ignorance.”

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