Rivers of the World: India’s Saraswati

This entry is part of the series Rivers of the World
The Helmand River in Afghanistan, known in ancient Iran as Haraxvatī and Harahvaiti, is identified by some as the ancient Sarasvati river.(© Wikimedia Commons)

Rivers cradle the world’s earliest civilizations. Mythology and religion were born on their banks. They provide us with life-giving water. We eat of their bounty. Create power from their energy. Radio Netherlands tells the stories of some of these “arteries of the world”.

The Saraswati River has a unique place in Indian society: It is venerated as one of the holiest of rivers, yet it is nowhere to be seen. According to myth it dried up centuries ago, after fostering one of the greatest of the world’s ancient civilizations. Now it is in the center of a modern controversy that strikes at the heart of India’s greatest post-partition wound – its communal divide. Hear the secret story of the Saraswati on Radio Netherlands continuing series on Rivers.

Produced and presented by Dheera Sujan

Euroquest January 31, 2003

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