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Forms of Sarasvati:
1. White, two arms holding a Vina.
2. White, two arms holding an utpala flower & book.
3. White, one face and four arms (Hindu & Buddhist)
4. White, three faces, four arms.
5. White, three faces, six arms.
6. Red, two arms (Sakya Pandita).
7. Red, two arms (Longchen Nyingtig).
8. Red, four arms, embracing red Manjushri (Bodong).
9. Red, three faces, six arms (Yamari Tantra).
10. Blue (Hindu)
11. Others...........

The Three Forms of Sarasvati According to the Vajrabhairava System of Tantra:
Vajra Vetali, the female consort in wrathful aspect embracing Vajrabhairava
Sarasvati, the peaceful aspect
Oden Barma (Blazing with Light) the protector aspect of Vajra Vetali

Sarasvati, Sita Vina (Tibetan: yang chen ma, pi wang kar mo): goddess of literature, poetry and wisdom.

"...the goddess Sarasvati, with a body white in colour, one face, two hands. Seated in a relaxed manner, with a face like the rising moon, eyebrows like drawn lines, two beautiful eyes like utpalas, casting side long glances like shooting stars, a clear complexion, pink cheeks and attractive. The throat is graceful and gently bending; white breasts, round, firm, upright and full. The left hand holds a jewel-studded vina of the gandharavas, the right a pick strumming the vina enthusiastically with the fingertips. With a very slender waist and flexible hips, a body well proportioned, fair, smooth, young, ample flesh and well rounded. Seated with the two legs, white, smooth, relaxed and desirable, in a slightly crouching manner; attractive braids, long and full, half-loose covering the upper back, half tied up in a topknot blazing with a wishing jewel. At the hairline - wearing a beautiful gold chain strung with flowers, blue, red and the like, wearing earrings of gold flowers and utpalas. Next to the ears are flowing silk ribbons; also adorned with many ornaments, jewel earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, belt, long-necklace and the like. Wearing an attractive upper garment of white cotton and a lower garment like a rainbow; fantastically beloved, radiantly desirous - sixteen years of age." (Jamyang Kyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892).

Jeff Watt 9-2000 [updated 5-2017]