Saraswati, the goddess of learning and knowledge, is the wife of Brahma, the creator of the World. She is represented as an extremely beautiful woman with milk-white complexion, sitting or standing on a water-lilly and playing on a lute.
She presides over and protects arts and is credited with the invention of writing.
She is also the goddess of speech, the power through which knowledge expresses itself in action.
She is mainly associated with the color white, which signifies the purity of true knowledge.
Before starting a new study or singing bhajans a vedam mantra is recited to ask for inspiration.