Dictionary Of Hindu Religion | Locations
The Saraswatee River has been mentioned some 70 times in the Rig Ved. It disappeared in the post Vaidik period. It rapidly became thought of as a mystical heavenly river that joined the Yamuna and Gangaa and became the site of the famous Triveniee (at Prayag) and the site of worship for millions of Hindu during the Kumbh Melaa every 12 years.
It is one of the seven holy rivers of Bhaarat (Gangaa, Yamunaa, Sindhu, Saraswatee, Godaavaree, Narmadaa, Kaaveree). Reading scriptures, it seems that Saraswatee River appears whenever and wherever it is invoked by worshippers to help Rishi for their Yagya etc. Seven names of Saraswatee are found in scriptures - Suprabhaa, Kaanchaakshee, Vishaalaakshee, Manoharee, Sunandaa, Suvenu, Vimalodakaa. They meet in Sapt Saaraswat Teerth near Kuru Kshetra. Now it has disappeared, so it is no more seen anywhere. Its another name is Plakshaa also.
In Padm Puraan, 1/13, it is mentioned that when Brahmaa Jee did Yagya in the beginning of Sat Yug, it flowed in five streams near Pushkar - Suprabhaa, Kaanchanaa, Praachee, Nandaa, and Vishaalaa. And in the same source six synonyms have been told for Saraswatee - Mati, Smriti, Pragyaa, Medhaa, Buddhi and good speech
More than two decades ago archaeologists and earth scientists discovered primarily through satellite photography, the paleochannels of a mighty river that originated in the Himaalaya and ran its full course to the sea, the Rann of Cutch in the Arabian sea.
Indic scholars and scientists wrote treatises and books on the subject and organized conferences. These scholars/scientists were uniformly of the opinion that this discovery proved that the mighty Saraswatee of the Rig Ved existed and originated from the Himaalaya.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 10/20/13