Goddess Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of art, music, literature and learning. To master any Vidya (knowledge) one needs the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. Devout Hindus perform many pujas and rituals to please Goddess Saraswati. The flower that is offered to the goddess of learning is lotus.
Panchamrut, bananas and Trimaduram are the main food items or Nivedya offered to Goddess Saraswati. Panchamrut or Panchamritham is made from bananas, dates, raisins, sugar, ghee, cardamom and sugar candy. Thrimadurama consists of banana, honey and sugar or ghee.
Saraswati Suktha Pushpanjali is a main offering performed in temples.
A popular prayer is Saraswati Vandana. Other prayers include Sharada Stuti and Saraswati Gayatri.