श्वेतपद्मासना देवी श्वेतपुष्पोपशोभिता ।
श्वेताम्बरधरा नित्या श्वेतगन्धानुलेपना ॥ १ ॥
śvetapadmāsanā devī śvetapuṣpopaśobhitā ।
śvetāmbaradharā nityā śvetagandhānulepanā ॥ 1 ॥
O divine goddess, seated on a white lotus, shining like a white flower, you are eternally dressed in shining white, anointed with the fragrance of a white blossom.
श्वेताक्षसूत्रहस्ता च श्वेतचन्दनचर्चिता ।
श्वेतवीणाधरा शुभ्रा श्वेतालङ्कारभूषिता ॥ २ ॥
śvetākṣasūtrahastā ca śvetacandanacarcitā ।
śvetavīṇādharā śubhrā śvetālaṅkārabhūṣitā ॥ 2 ॥
Your hand holds a mālā (rosary) of pure white seeds, you are anointed with white sandalwood, holding your shining white vīnā (a classical stringed instrument), you are ornamented and adorned in radiant white.
वन्दिता सिद्धगन्धर्वैरर्चिता सुरदानवैः ।
पूजिता मुनिभिः सर्वैरृषिभिः स्तूयते सदा ॥ ३ ॥
vanditā siddhagandharvairarcitā suradānavaiḥ ।
pūjitā munibhiḥ sarvair-ṛṣibhiḥ stūyate sadā ॥ 3 ॥
You are praised by siddhas and gandharvas, you are honored by gods and demons alike, you are worshipped by all sages, and you are ever exalted by the divine seers.
स्तोत्रेणानेन तां देवीं जगद्धात्रीं सरस्वतीम् ।
ये स्मरन्ति त्रिसन्ध्यायां सर्वं विद्यां लभन्ते ते ॥ ४ ॥
stotreṇānena tāṃ devīṃ jagaddhātrīṃ sarasvatīm ।
ye smaranti trisandhyāyāṃ sarvaṃ vidyāṃ labhante te ॥ 4 ॥
I sing this hymn to you, Devī Sarasvatī, who supports the whole universe, whosoever remembers you morning, noon and night, to them will all wisdom be granted.
A siddha is a spiritually perfected being. They are endowed with eight spiritual powers (aṣṭasiddhi): aṇiman (able to become as small as an atom), mahiman (able to become as large as the whole universe), gariman (able to become infinitely heavy), laghiman (able to become weightless), prāpti (able to obtain anything at will), prākāmya (able to assume any form), īśitva (power over life and death), and vaśitva (able to impose one’s will on any living being).
The gandharvas are celestial musicians, said to play the most beautiful music in creation. Sarasvatī, being the goddess of music and the arts, is their teacher. ↩