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Historians (Marxists) claim that Rig Vedic Sarasvati is an imaginary river born out of minds of Rig Vedic Rishis, because there is no physical evidence of this river as Yamuna has.

We, the adherent of Hinduism blissfully forgot the route of ancient Sarasvati and made people to believe that it flows underground and meets Yamuna and Ganga at Allahabad (Prayag), until the satellite imagery indicated that a huge river has paleo-channel passing through Harayana, Rajsthan and Gujarat, and it might be the ancient Sarasvati. We have not maintained a single religious place as a memorial of that great river of which we claim to be descendent. What a lapse!

Our scriptures depict Sarasvati as a revered river and as goddess the wife of Brahma.But Rig Veda is categorical in agreement with satellite imagery as stated in RV.7.95.2

eko cetat sarasvati nadinam suciryati giribhyam aa samudrAt-

The only river we think is Sarasvati that cleanses from mountain upto sea.

Now my question is - In Hinduism what form of Sarasvati came first as a river or a goddess. From dogmatic religious point of view Brahma is Creator and Sarasvati is his wife, logically river is created lateron. From rational point of view Rig Veda is the source of all later scriptures and it depicts Sarasvati as river and it is later religious development that a river is symbolised as goddess.

  • Sarasvati was a goddess first, and then came down to Earth as a river, I believe. I'm assuming this is just the same as how, according to scriptures, Gangadevi existed first, and then came down to Earth as the Ganga river. – Ikshvaku Aug 27 '18 at 3:27
  • @Ikshvaku Right, this belief is further divided, for some Ganga originated from Shiva's hair and for some it originated from Vishnu's toe. My question is that if such claims also exists for Sarasvati river in scriptures, if not, then why ? It is probable that by the time later scriptures came into being Sarasvati river was already dried up and lost importance in religious fervor. – B.N. Bhaskar Aug 27 '18 at 4:58
  • Good question @B.N. Bhaskar – srimannarayana k v 21 hours ago

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