Sarasvati River

January 23, 2007 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

BY DEENA BHANDU DASA

Jan 21, INDIA (SUN) — Regarding the Sarasvati River, Jaya Vijaya who wrote the Ganga book sent me the following information:

There is a common understanding that whenever and wherever Ganga and Yamuna join, then Sarasvati is also there, and visa-versa at times!

The Brahma-vaivarta Purana explains why Sarasvati no longer exists in her full glory: When Ganga-devi cursed Sarasvati-devi to become a river here on Mrtyuloka, one of the conditions was that she would only remain on earth as long as rishis and other great sages performed tapasya on her banks. Since we are now in Kali-yuga, there are no longer these great souls performing austerities, so she vanished.

There are many dried-up river banks of the Sarasvati that flow a little during the monsoon. I recall only a few: one near Panipat (Haryana); near Northern Gujarat; and of course in Prahbasa-tirtha/ksetra or Sind, where Krsna and Balarama left this mortal world.

The Sarasvati in the Mana-Badarinath area, that so beautifully flows and originates somewhere from Tibetan/China (according the locals), is the only actual flowing Sarasvati to be physically seen today. Personally, where she joins the Alakananda at Kesava-prayaga is my favorite Himalayan bathing area. Words can’t describe her beauty when the sun is shinning fully. We know that the Vyasadeva’s original asrama is situated in Uttara-Badari, which is in another realm and inaccessible to humans. It’s mentioned in the SB (1.4.15) that Vyasa’s asrama is on the western banks of the Sarasvati. The current Vyasa-gufa/asrama in Mana, where most pilgrims/tourists visit, is an expansion of the original asrama and is located on the eastern bank of the Sarasvati. So it may possible that the present day Sarasvati River that we see in Mana at Kesava-prayaga is an expansion of the one mentioned in the SB?

“They” always say Sarasvati is mystical at Prayaga, but just go to the Himalayas and see for your self! Scientists claim that there is an underground source of the Sarasvati. If that is true, then she has a double appearance at the Triveni. The more the better! Just as some demigods take various human forms during the Kumbha-melas, it may be possible she also personally appears during the Kumbha-melas in a different form, as with Ganga-devi and Yamuna-devi.

As mentioned in the Puranas, when Kali-yuga progresses in sinful life, Ganga will finally disappear from this planet (in 5,000 years or so), and then all other scared rivers and tirthas will also vanish and hide until next Satya-yuga. In one way, Sarasvati is fortunate being already gone except in the Himalayas!

In our travels, we’ve had darshan of 5 different Triveni-sangamas/ghatas (and there must be many more):

    1) Prayaga-raja or Triveni-sangama: The Sarasvati joins the Alakananda at Kesava-prayaga at Mana-Badarinath and then they join the Bhagirathi at Deva-prayaga (becoming the Ganga). Then they travel through Rishikesh, Haridvara, Sukatala, Soro-ksetra, Kanyakubja, Bithur and finally Prayaga where they join the Yamuna.

    2) Rishikesh or Triveni-ghata: The Ganga and Sarasvati are already together flowing down from Mana. Near the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh there is Rishi-kund which is non-different from the Yamuna, thus becoming Triveni-ghata.

    3) Gangani or Jamadagni’s asrama: On the banks of the Yamuna in Gangani in the Himalayas there is Jamadagni Rishi-kunda which is non-different than Gomukh-jala. Just opposite Gangani is another large river (I can’t recall the Garhwali name) that is considered Sarasvati, thus another Triveni-sangama.

    4) Saptagrama or Triveni-ghata: In Saptagrama (West Bengal, just south of Kalna and Jirat) there is another Triveni where the seven sages performed tapasya. Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati eternally flow there and Lord Nityananda visited this place.

    5) Mayapura Dhama or Antardvipa: The Ganga & Yamuna are already flowing together coming from Prayaga. The Ganga flows on the Mayapura side and the Yamuna flows in the Navadvipa township side. Then they meet the Jalangi, which is also the Sarasvati, thus creating the original Triveni-sangama known today as Hular-ghata.

Also see:

Recent Research on the Sarasvati River
Reviving the Sarasvati
The River Sarasvati on YouTube
New Book Published on Saraswati Civilization In service of Srimati Vrinda Devi,
Deena Bandhu dasa

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