Washington, DC: Hindu Goddess and Barack Obama

Dedicated in 2013, the four-armed Hindu goddess Saraswati towers beatifically over three children, one of them a young Barack Obama.

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Saraswati Statue.

Saraswati Statue

Saraswati, dedicated in 2013, is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom, and learning. The statue is white with accents of gold. The goddess has four arms. Her front left hand plays a musical instrument. Her back right hand holds a manuscript that symbolizes knowledge. Her back left hand holds akshamala, or prayer beads, which symbolize the never-ending process of learning. Three children sit at the base of the statue reading a book. A swan is in the middle to tell right from wrong.

[April Sims, 12/16/2016]

The 16-foot-high statue stands outside the Indonesian Embassy and was a gift from its ambassador. Its purpose is to show that in a country where Muslims are 88 percent of the population, the 3 percent who are Hindu are also respected. Bonus: the child on the left is a young Barack Obama!

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