Nine Nights of the Goddess... Navaratri is the Nine Nights of the Goddess in India. Three Goddesses, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati each are honored for three days. Today is the second day of Durga. She is represented at the bottom of this image as the Great Mother and Warrior Goddess with her tiger. Lakshmi is above her flanked by her two white elephants and pouring abundance from her hands. Saraswati is above her with her book, pen and brush as the Goddess of Arts
Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature. She is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the creation, maintenance and destruction of the Universe. Saraswati is strongly associated with flowing water in her role as a goddess of knowledge. She is depicted as a beautiful woman to embody the concept of knowledge as supremely alluring.
Goddess Durga - photo by Soumya. Sanskrit: "the inaccessible", Bengali: দুর্গা) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. In Bengal, she is said to be the mother of Ganesha, Kartikeya as well of Saraswati and Lakshmi. Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming mudras, or symbolic hand gestures. This form of the Goddess is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti).