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Jakarta Post

Hindu students celebrate the `Goddess of Knowledge'

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 3 2009   /  02:09 pm

Hindu students and teachers arrived at their schools dressed in traditional Balinese attire Saturday, to pay homage to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. Across the island, special offerings were placed on books and lontar manuscripts believed to be the earthly throne of the goddess. No classes were held in the majority of schools in Denpasar as most students and teachers gathered at the schools' respective temples. Female students brought beautiful offerings made of colorful flowers and fruits to the school's library and placed them on stacked books draped with yellow and white cloths. Similar offerings were also placed on computers. After completing the offering rituals, the students and teachers prayed together to the goddess. In several schools, religion teachers gave sermons about the meaning of the celebration and the importance of knowledge. "Saraswati is th...