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Kolkata: Hindu goddess Saraswati, the epitome of knowledge, arts, and wisdom, is worshipped not only by Indians in their homeland but also by the Japanese in a unique way, ie in the pool of water.

An art historian at the Indian museum, Benoy K Behl revealed about the various shrines worshipping goddess Saraswati. His exquisite display of photographs reveals unknown facts about the influence of Hinduism and Hindu deities in Japan.

Behl claimed that goddess Saraswati’s association with the mythical river Saraswati is the reason behind her worship in pools of water in Japan.

“There are scores of Hindu deities which are very actively worshipped in Japan. In fact, there are hundreds of shrines of Saraswati alone,” he said.

Behl, in one photograph, showed the goddess with a veena at a shrine located in Tokyo. His snaps also revealed that Osaka comprises one of the most impressive and tallest shrines of Saraswati in the world.

While Saraswati is worshipped as Benzaiten, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as Shoten. Garuda is known as Karura in Daiyuzan-Saijoji temple near Odawara.

What is further surprising is the fact that people in Japan worship other Hindu deities which are rarely done by Indians, “In fact, deities we have forgotten in India, such as Vayu and Varuna, are still worshipped in Japan,” Behl said

Preservation of Siddham, a 5th century Sanskrit script is also done by the Japenese, besides religion. At Gokokuji in Tokyo, a photo shows Japanese tombs with the Sanskrit letters.

“The Japanese cannot read this alphabet, but it is still used to respect the dead. It is very interesting that the 5th-century Siddham script, which has disappeared in India, is still in use in Japan. At Koyasan, they still have a school where Sanskrit is taught with Siddham,” the historian said. (picture courtesy: wordpress.com)

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He said that the three leaders felt that such meetings were useful and they should continue on the margins of subsequent G-20 meetings

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Terming the India-US-Japan partnership as “Jai” (literal: victory), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the partnership between the three nations would go a long way in ensuring world peace and prosperity.

“If I put it differently, Japan, America and India is Jai. In Hindi, ‘Jai’ means success,” Narendra Modi said after the first-ever trilateral meet with US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit here.

“In a way, Jai (the trilateral meet) is a message of success and we are making a new beginning. Our arrangement I believe, will play a big role in promoting world peace and prosperity,” Modi said.

Narendra Modi said it was a “good occasion” as the three nations dedicated to democratic values met to discuss how to promote peace, prosperity and stability in the world.

“I am glad both US and Japan are our strategic partners. Both the leaders (Turmp and Abe) have been my good friends. It is a good opportunity to work together.

Briefing the media about the meeting Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that it was a “very warm meeting” and Trump and Abe complimented Prime Minister Modi for the “reforms and development that he has done”.

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“The three leaders exchanged views on the Indo-Pacific. They all agreed that free, open, inclusive and rules-based order is essential for the regional peace and prosperity. The Prime Minister offered some ideas on how we should take forward on the concept of Indo-Pacific and how the three countries can work together to promote this concept,” Gokhale said.

He said that Modi felt it was necessary that the three countries reach out to all the stakeholders to explain the benefits of Indo-Pacific strategy and their advantages to these countries.

“The leaders also agreed to the central role of Asean and they also agreed to work on maritime and connectivity issues and to synergise efforts in this regard,” Gokhale said.

He said that the three leaders felt that such meetings were useful and they should continue on the margins of subsequent G-20 meetings.

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“Overall, there was a very positive atmosphere and the outcome of this first trilateral has been very encouraging. Prime Minister Modi and the other two leaders were pleased with this outcome,” Gokhale added.

Earlier, making an intervention at the first session of the G-20 meet on global economy, future of work and women’s empowerment, Modi highlighted some of the flagship programmes of his government undertaken to modernise economy and promote inclusive growth, such as Jan Dhan Yojana, MUDRA Yojana and Start-up India. (IANS)