A solemn Devi Sarasvati is seated in lalitasana on the back of Her swan. The pristine bird, known for its beauty and poetry of motion, is Her vahana or mount. Its long, lissome neck matches the slender body of the veena which its divine mistress strums on. The veena, a classical musical instrument, is indispensable to the iconography of Devi Sarasvati. As the wife of Lord Brahma, the presiding deity over srshti (creative projection), She is the presiding deity over learning and the fine arts.