Small digitally-printed thangka.
Sarasvati appears as a Buddhist yidam in her capacity as an embodiment of virtuous activities of all kinds, especially cultural ones such as learning, the performing arts and in particular music. Her mythology also includes an important purificatory aspect. In many regards, she shares characteristics with White Tara. She is often identifiable by her plain white garment, her veena (a stringed musical instrument) and her association with the consonants and vowels of the Sanskrit language.