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REDISCOVERY OF THE SARASVATI RIVER
Hence it appears quite clearly that the sites were left owing to a
shifting of the rivers and a drying out of the region which is a cause
quite different than any invasion. The hand of Mother Nature is
shown behind the population shift, not hostile invaders.
What is most interesting in this regard is that Vedic culture is
traditionally said to have been founded by the sage Manu between
the banks of the Sarasvati and Drishadvati rivers.(*10) The
Sarasvati is lauded as the main river in the Rig Veda and is the most
frequently mentioned river in the text. It is said to be a great flood and to be wide, even endless in
size, the greatest and most central river of the region of the seven
rivers.(*11) Sarasvati is said to be "pure in her course from the mountains to the sea."(*12) The
Vedic people were well acquainted with this river along its entire course
and regarded it as their immemorial homeland.
10. Manu Samhita II.17-18.
11. Note Rig Veda II.41.16; VI.61.8-13; I.3.12.
12. Rig Veda VII.95.2. This is in a hymn of the rishi Vasishta who has
the greatest number of hymns in the Rig Veda.