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Goddess Saraswati in Japanese Culture

Goddess Saraswati is known as Benzaiten in Japan. She is the only female among the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan. In Hinduism, Saraswati is the Goddess of learning and is depicted playing the Veena. Like in Hindu culture, Benzaiten is the goddess of music, dancing, acting, and good fortune. She is generally depicted carrying a Japanese mandolin called biwa. She is also portrayed as playing a lute.
Goddess Saraswati reached Japan through Mantrayana sect of Buddhism. Like in Hinduism, in Japan she is worshipped by writers, composers, musicians and painters as patron goddess. She is also the goddess of the kitchen and in rural areas people make sketches of her in kitchens.
Apart from this, she is also depicted with eight arms as the slayer of demons. She hold objects such as bow, arrow, trident, wheel, sword, key, and sacred jewel in her eight arms. It is said that Japanese Generals used to offer prayer to Goddess Saraswati before embarking on war.
There are numerous stories associated w…

Quote for the day – Rabindranath Tagore

When we attain to that universal life, which is the moral life, we become freed from bonds of pleasure and pain, and the place vacated by our self becomes filled with an unspeakable joy which springs from measureless love. In this state the soul’s activity is all the more heightened, only its motive power is not from desires, but in its own joy. This is the Karma-Yoga of the Gita, the way to become one with the infinite activity by the exercise of the activity of disinterested goodness….Rabindranath Tagore