As the Goddess of learning and wisdom, Goddess Saraswati is easily pleased with a simple rich based dish. She is often offered Khichdi made with yellow dal. Kheer made with rice, milk and sugar is also offered to her as bhoga. Since, she is most often seen seated upon a White Lotus, the flower is offered to please her during prayers.
Goddess Saraswati is believed to be the Mother of the Vedas. She is mentioned in all major Indian literature dated between 1000 BC and 1500 AD. She is called the Mother of the Vedas in Shanti Parva of the epic Mahabharata. It also calls her the celestial creative symphony that appeared when the universe was created by Lord Brahma. Book Two of Taittiriya Brahmana names her as the mother of eloquent speech and melodious music. Early Rig Vedic hymns describe her as a mighty river that flowed down to earth from heaven. Later Vedic texts record the river disappeared over the years at Vinasana and joined the Ganga and Yamuna as an invisible third river. Some believe the holiness and sanctity of the modern Ganga is because it still contains the holy, life-giving waters of the ancient Saraswati. In Rig Veda (6.61.7), Saraswati along with Lord Indra kills the serpentine demon Vritra, who had hoarded all of the earth's water and brought drought. Saraswati is the earliest example of a goddess associated with the river in the Indian tradition, which later sees other goddesses such as Ganga, the feminine personification of the Ganges River. The Vedas also associate her with medicine and healing. In the Satapatha-brahmana she is invoked to heal sickness, and in the Rig Veda she is closely linked to the twin gods of healing – Asvinas.
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