Kathmandu- The Saraswati veena is named after her because it is said to be her instrument of choice, and she is often shown to be playing the instrument while sitting upon a swan. The goddess of learning, Saraswati, is holding the most advanced string instrument ever created by modern musicians.

Indian stringed instrument called veena was created around 1700 BCE. The twanging sound of an archer’s bow, known musically as “jya ghosha” in the classical Atharvaveda and as “vil yazh” in Tamil, served as their inspiration. Veenas were initially used to describe any stringed instrument, but as time went on, more specific meanings emerged. For example, a plucked instrument known as a Saraswati veena is named after the Hindu goddess Saraswati. The “tanjauri veena,” as it is commonly known, is still recognized as one of the most important musical instruments in southern India.