Sunday, April 11, 2010

A personal odyssey

Author and proto-historian Michael Danino talks about his quest for a lost river, the Sarasvati of the Rg Veda, and its connections with the Harappan civilisation.

Sarasvati was the most sung about ‘mythical' river in the Rg Veda: “the impeller of happy truths”, “best of mothers, best of rivers and best of goddesses”. She was the ‘sapthasindhava' whose “impetuous flow is unbroken from mountain to sea”.

The last battle of the Mahabharata between Bhima and Duryodhana was fought on the banks of the Sarasvati, yet the Mahabharata describes her as a “disappearing river” and the Puranas refer to the place where she vanished as “Vinashana”.

Full report here Hindu

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