"DEVI TAME, AMBI TAME, NADI TAME, SARASWATI”
(Meaning, - Among Goddesses, Among .Mothers .and Among Rivers -
Saraswati is Supreme."
There are several sites-blogs on River Saraswati.
During 3 Teerth Yatras of 2007-2009 organised by SC Math , the first was Saraswati Yatra 2007 from 30th October 2007 to 3rd November 2007-Kurukshetra area.
We had several Scholars speak on this subject esp at Kurukshetra.
The talks included the variations in in historical perspective with scientific discovery viz:
Whether Saraswati is now a Underground River or has disappeared , is underground etc--Gupt /Luft Nadi etc. has left many views.Teerth Yatras have a tremendous impact on us and without doubt adds to our swadhyay and generates enthusiasm that spreads out.The Tapovan Prasad of CCMT also featured as photo of River Saraswati in 2009 on their cover.
Teerth Yatras inspire us all-
1) Recommended sites for study:
This blog was developed by my Co Yatri-& colleague's son Rohan Dhareshwar-
2) Power Point slides -presentation covering history -
by late Shri Ramdas Thaggarse – a wonderful concise collection .
By Shri Vivek Hattangadi- a good compilation
4) Publications from SC Math-members also to be referred.Shri Katre Bangalore, Late Shri Heranjal.
5) Dr. Kalyanaramans & Shri D.K. Hari & Hema's studies at ."Bharath Gyan"
"Know your Roots"-
We today address a 5000 yrs old civilisation spread from Kashmir origin to Kanaras-in South--
The Saraswat Community holds an identity all across India--in fact all across each state esp in North India. It is not just us in South but a much larger Group
We have people who identify as "Saraswat Brahmins" (obviously a generic term)-- who have so many similar traditions and customs and to be noted when we take up -- "Know your Roots" and to continue the excellent work of the dedicated Authors and esp those Volunteers at all places on the 3 major Teerth Yatras in 2007-9.
Saraswats are now all across in a Global spread –diaspora -all across.
Finally, we have a personal choice -to seek out and study our roots and ancestry.
Leave a Heritage for coming generations.
A good letter on this--
PROF. K. R. PRABHU
The only name of a river appearing in Rig Veda is name of Saraswati Hence, River Saraswati is the not only Punya (holy) river, it is also the Deva (Gods’) river. It appears that River Saraswati is older than the Vedas whose time is unknown (Sanatana) to the mankind. She starts from the Mount Everest a place known as “Plaksha Prasravana”.
The fertile & holy land in between River Saraswati & River Dhrishadwati is termed as Aryavarta or Bhrmavarta where Saraswat Brahmins were settled. These Brahmins were performing Yajna, Japa and Tapa acquiring the Divya Jnan (World Knowledge) and became authority to propagate Vedas and Vedantik Knowledge.
In other literatures like Mahabharata and Matsya Purana, the same area of Bhramavarta is called as Kurukshetra. It is 70 miles in length and 30 miles in width where Pavitra (Holy) grass by name ‘DARBE” was growing abundantly. This is the place where the Pandavas and Kavravas had their battle known as Dharma Yudh. In another reference, the Kurukshetra was formed by Sage Parashuram after he destroyed all Kshatryas to perform Yajna. He formed 4 villages known as Tarantuk, Arantuk, Ramahrad and Machutnak marking as boarders to the Aryavarta.
In Vedas you find the name of 3 Goddesses namely, Gayatri, Savitri and Saraswati The sloka in Veda about the Goddess Saraswati is, ,
"DEVI TAME, AMBI TAME, NADI TAME, SARASWATI” (Meaning, - Among Goddesses, Among .Mothers .and Among Rivers - Saraswati is Supreme."
The Saraswats are those Brahmins who were residing on the banks of Saraswati River . as per the evidences available as on date. They were Yajna Brahmins besides the Scholars in Vedas as they were well known to the entire Brahmin segments.
The reason being, Lord Vishnu and Devatas have thought that during the time of Pralaya, the Vedas are to be kept in a secured place where the Demons are not able to locate easily. Earlier the Vedas were hidden under the bottoms the oceans (Bhu Garbh). That is how in the previous case, Lord Vishnu was to take up the Matsy avatar to protect the Vedas and liberate from the hands of Demons. The Saraswati River was a river on the land and may not be easily forecasted by the Demons. Vedas are the most precious wealth from the time immemorial and it was the duty of Devas to protect them at any cost for the Humanity. Vedas contain Mantras/Slokas and all Gods and Spirits. .
Saraswati River was the most Holy river and a Vedic River as per Shalya Parva from . A dip in Saraswati River starting from Plaksha Praravana from Mount Everest which runs upto Prabhas (near Somnath- Kutch) at Gujarat all along was surrounded by fertile lands, landscapes and clean environment. People around the River were more religious, creative and scholarly. This is the power of the River Saraswati.
HOW WE BECAME SARASWATS?
Sage Bhragu was the son of Lord Brahma. Bhrigu's son was Sage Dadhich. Sage Dadhich was a great Jnani due to his penance for thousands of years in Himalayas once decided to come down to the planes to stay on the banks of a Holy River . He found that place is River Saraswati. Saraswati. Large numbers of humanity used to take dip in River Saraswati like River Ganga and River, to eradicate their sin. Hence the River Saraswati was to ease out the sins left by the pilgrims. By giving service to the great Sage doing his Meditation and the daily anustan, the sins of the river gets eased out. Hence in the night, the Goddess Saraswati carrying sins used to keep the hermitage and surrounding clean, in the process the sin used to get rid off by the penance power of the Sage.
One evening as usual when he was performing the evening Sandhya, Sage Dadhich saw the mating of Gandharvs (angels) on the sky. Dadhich became emotionally energized and as a result, his semen was discharged in the River Saraswati. Being a devotee of Sage Dadhich and by knowing that his semen is most powerful due to his long penance and that , it should not go waste, River Saraswathi accepted to protect the semen under the water (Bhu Garbh). The child born in that semen of Dadhich was named after his mother Saraswati as SARASWAT. In the Vedic times, the mother's name was more prominent like Ganga Putr, Kaunteya, Yashodha Nandan etc.
The Saraswat as a child sage, has learnt all the 4 Vedas from his mother Saraswati. He became a custodian of these scripts and thus became the owner or authority of the Vedas because he was the First Person to read the Vedas after pralaya. To learn Vedas, one has to worship Saraswati by chanting the Sloka as contained in Rig Veda
Dorbhiryukta chaturbhim sphatika maninibhai rakshamalandadhana Hastenaikena padmam sitamapicha shukam pustakam chaparena | Bhasa kundendushankhasphatikamaninibha bhasamana.asamana Sa me vagdevateyam nivasatu vadane sarvada suprasanna || "
Saraswat was the first sage who was performing Yajnas by chanting Mantras near the Saraswati
River. This news went around the Bharath Khand that the Vedas are the collection of Mantras and those Vedas were in the custody of a young sage by name Saraswat.
They all came to see him and requested him to give the Vedas. Saraswat tells them that Vedas cannot be just possessed. It should be administered by (learned from) a Guru. That shocked the so called Brahmins who were following mantra less rituals. They were all elderly and refused to touch the feet of a young boy and accept him as their Guru. Saraswat remained firm and they all went back. Again they thought that by accepting him as a Guru they get precious Vedas and what if they touch his feet?
The whole group came back to the Saraswati River to meet the young Sage Saraswat. They prayed to him that all of them have accepted Sage Sarsawat as their Guru. Saraswat held Training Camps to the lakhs of Brahmin aspirants on the banks of River Saraswati. After training them, he awarded them the Degrees such as Agni-hotri, Dwivedi, Thrivedi, Chaturvedi, Misra, Thripati, Puranik, Purohit, Joshi, Vaidya, Avdhari, Samaga etc depending on the specialization they have made in Vedic scripts.
Hence the First Guru of Vedic Brahmins was Sage Saraswat. We are the descendents of Saraswat Rishi and we have become Saraswat Brahmins - the Vedic Brahmins. We have studied all Vedas and rituals. We became Avdhanis, Upadhyayas, Pandits, Acharyas, Joshis, Sharmas, Mishras, and Bhats (Purohits) etc by profession. .
Part 4 Added on 23rd Sept 2011.
The Land Of Dharma
On Kurukshetra- TOI by Ranjeni. A Singhon
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