Sarasvati

Buddhist - A female Bodhisattva. Goddess of music and poetry. She is sometimes depicted playing the flute. Also commonly identified as Sarasvati, Sandhya, Sandhya, Sarasvati, Shatarupa, 'twilight', Savitri or Savitri.
Hindu - An early mother-goddess and goddess of the river Sarasvati. Goddess of the arts and wisdom. Daughter of Sagara. Wife of Vishnu and later of Brahma. In her earlier role as mother-goddess she killed the demon Ahi. In some stories, she was born from the body of Brahma with whom she mated to produce the first man, Manu, and was so beautiful that Brahma grew four more heads so that he could see her from all directions. The latter part of this tale is also told of Shatarupa who some equate with Sarasvati. Shiva lost his temper when he was excluded from a sacrifice by Daksha and wounded many of those present including Sarasvati who had her nose cut off. Vishnu found her too quarrelsome for his liking and gave her to Brahma. She is credited with the invention of Sanskrit and sometimes identifed with Vach. She is depicted with either two or four arms, sometimes with three heads, and riding a peacock or a swan. In some accounts, known as Sarasvati, Sandhya, Sandhya, Sarasvati, Shatarupa, 'twilight', Savitri or Savitri.

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