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Saraswatti (tib. Yangehenma) is the goddess of music, art, and learning.  Adapted from the Hindu pantheon, Saraswatti is an extremely popular goddess among those whose interests lie in the arts.  She is found all over in both Tibet and Nepal, and as tradition has it in Nepal, her shrines are visited by all the schoolchildren in the hope that she will help them with their exams and other studies.  She is distinguished by the lute or vina that she holds playing divine music.  Her other symbol that she is often recognized by is the swan on which she rides.  A very beautiful goddess, Saraswatti embodies the finer cultural aspects of Buddhist life.


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