Oghavati (‘that which flows fast’) The river Sarasvatī of the Vedic fame is said to be seven in number. They are: Suprabhā, Kāñcanākṣī, Viśālā, Manoramā, Sarasvatī, Oghavati and Sureṇu. These may be the seven names of the same river, of which Oghavatī is also one. 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).