Indian Art = Introspection and looking inward. Rarely ever does the icon make eye contact with the artist. Ancient sandstone statue of an Apsara (heavenly maiden) from Karnataka, India. Female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
A dakini (Sanskrit: "sky dancer") is a Tantric priestess of ancient India who "carried the souls of the dead to the sky". This Buddhist figure is particularly upheld in Tibetan Buddhism. The dakini is a female being of generally volatile temperament, who acts as a muse for spiritual practice.
Sarasvati/Saraswati the goddess of Knowledge. She is the consort to the god Brahma. She is the Mother of the Vedas. In this picture she is holding a musical instrument. As well as sitting on top of a swan, who is sitting on top of a lotus flower.
The Goddess Lakshimi. Lakshmi in Sanskrit is derived from its elemental form lakS, meaning "to perceive or observe". This is synonymous with lakṣya, meaning "aim" or "objective". In Hindu sacred texts, the Vedas call Mahalakshmi Lakshyayidhi Lakshmihi which means she is the one who has the object and aim of uplifting mankind. wikipedia ---- "Lakshimi, blessed one, please, open my heart like a lotus flower... Assist me in reaching beyond the darkness into the sacred."