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- Sarasvati: Goddess of Eloquence
- Red Sarasvati

Sarasvati in Tantric Buddhism is a meditational deity appearing as a goddess of literature, poetry and wisdom. She can have many different forms, but predominantly white or red. In her white forms she is generally a goddess or wisdom and learning. In her red forms she is a power deity. She is also sometimes depicted as the consort of Manjushri.

Sarasvati has a number of wrathful forms related to the Vajrabhairava and the Yamari cycle of deities which are not directly associated with wisdom, composition, or eloquence.

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