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The river Sarasvatī of the Vedic fame is said to be seven in number. They are: Suprabhā, Kāñcanākṣī, Viśālā, Manoramā, Sarasvatī, Oghavati and Sureṇu.
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These may be the seven names of the same river, of which Oghavatī is also one.
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Oghavati literally means ‘that which flows fast’.
The purāṇas and the epics sometimes describe that Sarasvatī, the divine river, manifested itself in seven places at dif¬ferent times due to being invited by prayerful ṛṣis or sages. Oghavati was one of them that appeared in Kurukṣetra due to Vasiṣṭha’s prayer. It was on the bank of this river that the grandsire Bhīṣma lay on his bed of arrows and gave the great discourse contained in the Sāntiparva of the Mahābhārata (vide Salyaparva 38.4).
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The famous Vedic river [[Sarasvatī]] is said to be seven in number. They are:
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# Suprabhā
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# Kāñcanākṣī
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# Viśālā
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# Manoramā
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# [[Sarasvatī]]
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# Oghavatī
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# Sureṇu
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These may be the seven names of the same river of which Oghavatī is also the one. The [[purāṇas]] and the epics sometimes describe that Sarasvatī, the divine river, manifested itself in seven places at different times due to being invited by prayerful ṛṣis or sages. Oghavati was one of them that appeared in Kurukṣetra due to [[Vasiṣṭha]]’s prayer. On the bank of this river, the grandsire Bhīṣma lay on his bed of arrows and gave the great discourse contained in the Śāntiparva of the Mahā[[bhārata]].<ref>[[Śalyaparva]] 38.4</ref>
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 19:25, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Oghavati literally means ‘that which flows fast’.

The famous Vedic river Sarasvatī is said to be seven in number. They are:

  1. Suprabhā
  2. Kāñcanākṣī
  3. Viśālā
  4. Manoramā
  5. Sarasvatī
  6. Oghavatī
  7. Sureṇu

These may be the seven names of the same river of which Oghavatī is also the one. The purāṇas and the epics sometimes describe that Sarasvatī, the divine river, manifested itself in seven places at different times due to being invited by prayerful ṛṣis or sages. Oghavati was one of them that appeared in Kurukṣetra due to Vasiṣṭha’s prayer. On the bank of this river, the grandsire Bhīṣma lay on his bed of arrows and gave the great discourse contained in the Śāntiparva of the Mahābhārata.[1]


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore