“S” in #AtoZChallenge
Saraswati is currently one of the hot topics of discussion. Yes, be it Lord Saraswati or the River Saraswati, it’s debated, ridiculed and what not. So, why do many papers represent this as a Mythical river?
Before getting into this discussion, let us first know about some history about Saraswati river so it is easy for further debates.
Saraswati is one of the river that has been referred or mentioned in the Vedas. Ok, talking about Vedas by itself could lead to another big debate! Anyway, let us continue.
The triplet Ambitame, Naditame, Devitame – the Best of mothers, Best of rivers and Best of goddesses is what Saraswati is being referred in the Rig Veda. As we discussed with
In fact, this river is the one that gave birth to a great civilization, prospered and also witnessed the end of an era along with the Mahabharat era. The civilization is now found to be having more than 2000 settlements in various periods of time along these rivers. Some of them are dated earlier than 6000BC.
Nearly 10000 years before there were many rivers flowing from Himalayas and ending in the Arabian sea. And 4000 years ago the river Saraswati is said to be dried. How did the research people arrive to all these conclusions?
This was done from the predictable relationship between the Ghagar-Hakra river systems. The Gaggar-Hakra is significant for most of the mature Harappan Civilization were found along this river bed. Current Haryana has numerous sites whose origins can be traced back to Indus Valley Civilization.
There were abundance of fire-altars iscovered at places like Kalibangan – relates to the Yagnya performed by the great kings along the Saraswati river.
So with such research [There are more articles on the internet with more details of the research], the presence of Saraswati was found without any doubts. But still, there are controversies due to which the river is mentioned to be mythical.
If we really succeed in finding the Saraswati river source, or any river source for that matter and make use of it, will it not be useful for humans? In fact, a tourism around this as a historical evidence would be a great one helping the state also to get revenue.
There are many things to learn from other countries on how you can preserve and boost tourism with historical sites. When are we going to learn? Or will we ever?
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter T? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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