Celebrated with extraordinary passion and enthusiasm, the Basant Panchami has held immense significance for the Hindu community for thousands of years. Also known as Saraswati Pooja, this day is dedicated to Maa Saraswati, the deity of knowledge, language, music, and arts.
The Mystery of Saraswati River that demystifies Aryan Invasion theory
Saraswati is a Sanskrit word made of saras (सरस्) meaning “pooling water,” and vati (वती), meaning “she who possesses.”
Rigveda describes Saraswati as the best of mothers, of goddesses, of rivers.
अम्बितमे नदीतमे देवितमे सरस्वति
— Rigveda 2.41.16
Best of mothers, the best of rivers, best of goddesses, Sarasvatī.
Saraswati is celebrated as a feminine deity with healing and purifying powers of abundant, flowing waters in Book 10 of the Rigveda, as follows:
अपो अस्मान मातरः शुन्धयन्तु घर्तेन नो घर्तप्वः पुनन्तु |
विश्वं हि रिप्रं परवहन्ति देविरुदिदाभ्यः शुचिरापूत एमि ||
— Rigveda 10.17
May the waters, the mothers, purify us,
may they who cleanse with butter, purify us with butter,
for these deities bear away defilement,
I come up out of them pure and cleansed
Already since the 19th century, attempts have been made to identify the beautiful Sarasvati of the Vedas with physical rivers. Many think that the Vedic Sarasvati river once flowed east of the Indus (Maa Sindhu) river.
Saraswati river was wider than Amazon and started drying during 4000BCE due to tectonic plates shifting underneath.
According to the Mahabharata, the Sarasvati dried up to a desert (at a place named Vinasana or Adarsana and joined the sea. The desert created when Saraswati dried up was the Thar desert.
Scientists, geologists as well as scholars have identified the Sarasvati with many present-day or now-defunct rivers.
Two theories are prevalent in the attempts to identify the Sarasvati. Several scholars have identified the river with the present-day Ghaggar-Hakra River or dried up part of it, which is located in Northwestern India. A second popular theory associates the river with the Helmand river or an ancient river in the present Helmand Valley in Afghanistan.
The identification with the Ghaggar-Hakra system took on new significance in the early 21st century, suggesting an earlier dating of the Rig Veda and renaming the Indus Valley Civilisation as the “Sarasvati culture”, the “Sarasvati Civilization,” the “Indus-Sarasvati Civilization” or the “Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization,” suggesting that the Indus Valley and Vedic cultures can be equated. Maybe both Saraswati Civilisation and Indus Valley Civilisation coexisted.
This debunks the Aryan-Dravidian theory as, according to the false theory, Aryans from northwest Asia entered and invaded the region after the decline of Indus Valley Civilisation. However, since Saraswati Civilisation & Indus Valley Civilisation probably coexisted (or are one and the same), there were no differences between Aryans or Dravidians, and so, there was NO Aryan invasion. People did have visible differences in the languages they spoke, but the culture and religion followed were the same, and there was no incursion. They were one, they are one, and they’ll be one.