An invocation to Goddess Saraswati is as follows – she who holds the (musical instrument) veena in her hands and opens the channels of learning for her disciples. Saraswati is also revered as the Goddess of music and creative (particularly, the spoken) arts.
Yaa Kunde Tushaarahaara Dhavalaa
Yaa Shubhra Vastraavritaa
Yaa Veenaa Varadanda Manditakaraa
Yaa Shveta Padmaasanaa
Yaa Brahmaachyuta Shankara Prabhritibihi
Devaih Sadaa Vanditaa
Saa Maam Pattu Saraswati Bhagavatee
Salutations to the supreme Goddess Saraswati…whose face is fair as a jasmine flower, luminiscient like the moon and delicate as a snow flake ; who is dressed in brilliant white (shubhra-) garments (vastraA-). She holds the musical instrument (vINA-) in her hands to bestow boons (varada.nDa-) to her disciples as she sits on her white (shveta-) lotus (padma-) throne (aasanA-).