The Goddes Saraswati – her river still teaches

The former location of the third of three rivers named after Hindu Goddesses, the Saraswati has been found. Legends about the mighty Saraswati river have lived on in India since time immemorial. Her holy waters were supposed to have flowed down from the Himalayas into the sea in union with the two other rivers, the Ganges and the Jamuna. This confluence is one of India’s holiest spots.

Saraswati, the multifaceted Hindu goddess of learning, music, and hand mudras (she is often depicted with a sacred stringed instrument) also has deep connections with the element water. Invoke Saraswati and let your creative potential flow.


Goddess Saraswati doing hand mudras. Statue from the Yashodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake, BC.

Through satellite photography, scientists have mapped the course of an enormous river that ran through the north western region of India. The river was 8 km wide and it dried up approximately 4,000 years ago. It may have been a major earthquake that halted the flow of the Saraswati. In studying the riverbed, over 1000 archaeological sites have been found on the former course of the river, and they date from 3000 BC and older.

Discoveries of advanced prehistoric civilisations – thriving along the banks of this major river, and in several other parts of the world, such as Gobekli Tempe in modern day Turkey – has thrown a wrench in the paradigm of traditional archeology. New discoveries around the region of Dwarka are helping to shed light on human societies from the ice age.