Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and all the creative arts. She is credited with the invention of writing. Saraswati is called the Mother of the Veda’s and the repository of Brahma’s creative intelligence. She is the wife of Brahma, the Creator. Saraswati is also called Vak Devi, the goddess of speech. Dressed in white, Saraswati holds a mala and a palm leaf scroll, indicating knowledge. Saraswati is usually represented as an extremely beautiful woman with milk-white complexion sitting or standing on a water lily while playing music on a veena. She often rides a swan and sometimes a peacock.