Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dewi Saraswati

When you visit Rumah Mode (house of fashion), a popular factory outlet located at Jalan Setiabudi, you will notice a beautiful statue of Dewi Saraswati, not far from the entrance.

In Hindu, Saraswati is God manifestation to bring knowledge for humanity. According to Bali & Indonesia on the net, Saraswati is the Goddess of Knowledge, symbolized by a beautiful woman with four hands, riding on a white swan among water lilies to tell humanity that science is like a beautiful woman. Her hands hold a palm leaf; a lontar, which is the source of science or knowledge; a chain (genitri with 108 pieces) symbolising that knowledge is never ending and has an everlasting life cycle; and a musical instrument symbolising that science develops through the growth of culture. The swan symbolises prudence, so that one's knowledge may distinguish between good and evil and the water lilies (Lotus) are symbols of holiness.

3 comments:

Barbara Rahal said...

beautiful statue!

JM said...

I've seen many amazing statuary in the far east, but never with such a beautiful positioned swan!

Hilda said...

Oh, Harry, thank you so much for the lesson — I love her!