The Lost Sarasvati, from River to Goddess: Michel Danino

The Lost Sarasvati, from River to Goddess: Michel Danino

In the Rig-Veda, the Sarasvati is both a goddess and a river—a “mighty” river “flowing from the mountain to the sea”, and the only one to be deified in the Vedic hymns. In the late Vedic era, it broke up and was reduced to a small seasonal stream—the only major river to suffer this fate in northwest India. At the same time, Sarasvati, the goddess of speech, knowledge and the arts, grew in stature and became in many ways the fountainhead of India’s classical civilization.

 

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