Sarasvatī is the embodiment of that exultant state of creative flow when you lose all sense of time, ruler of creativity, art, literature, divine knowledge, and all that flows. Her character reflects a certain dignified reserve and austerity; She is not a domestic goddess, oriented more toward knowledge than toward material gain. She came to be associated with the creator god Brahmā, but they are rarely portrayed as a couple, because in myth he is her father.
Historically, she was the goddess of a river in northwest India where Vedic rituals were held, which is perhaps how she became associated with speech and divine knowledge. Though the mighty Sarasvatī River dried up long ago because of geological changes, the goddess is still widely worshiped by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists across Asia. She carries the vina (a stringed musical instrument representing the human body), the book (knowledge), and rosary (speech).
This illustration first appeared in Dr. Christopher Hareesh Wallis’ book Tantra Illuminated.