River Saraswati will flow once again
November 5th, 2008 - 4:00 pm ICT by sumit -
A 3 day conference was recently conducted in Delhi to bring together scholars of different scientific disciplines and of ancient history of the Indian subcontinent, and provide a multi-disciplinary forum for the scholars to present and collectively review the results of their studies relating to the ancient Vedic river Sarasvati. The Conference explored the validation of a consensus that the ancient civilization that emerged and prospered on the banks of the river Sarasvati is the precursor to the civilization that is known and exists today as Hindu civilization, establishing a very long continuum of human society and achievement.
During the Conference, the ongoing work to facilitate the flowing again of the river Sarasvati above the surface was highlighted. This rebirth of River Sarasvati would benefit around 200 million people of India in various States—Uttaranchal, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. Presentations on the efforts underway in the State of Haryana to bring the Manasarovar glacier waters through Rajasthan were highlighted in the Conference.
Saraswati, a majestic river, after originating in Himalaya flowed through present day Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat prior to joining the Arabian Sea. Ancient Vedic culture flourished on its banks. Important towns like Kurukshetra, Pehowa, Shatrana, Sirsa, Kalibangan, Pilibangan, Suratgarh, Beriwal etc flourished on its banks. Our former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was very excited on seeing a photograph of the River with water and he endorsed his reaction in our visitors\' book as – \'Delighted to see the hard work in realizing reality from epic information\'- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Recently, subsurface water started oozing out within a pond of the famous Kapil Muni Ashram in Kalayat (Haryana). A multi-disciplinary scientific team studied the oozing water and the sand that accompanied it. Dr. A R Chaudhri of Kurukshetra University found a suite of angular heavy minerals having their source in higher Himalayan rocks. Dr. A K Gupta & Dr B K Bhadra of ISRO identified fossil valleys of Vedic Saraswati in the area from the study of space imageries and concluded that this water was of aforesaid river. Sh Rajesh Purohit conducted geomorphologic studies and concluded that this water belonged to Vedic Saraswati that has been described in Rigveda and other scriptures. Later on, he along with his team discovered the actual river bed near Jyotisar (Kurukshetra)
During the course of scientific studies carried out from space imageries, scientists from ISRO discovered a number of fossil valleys restricted to areas around Kurukshetra, Pehowa etc. in upper central Haryana. They interpreted it as remnants of the meandering Vedic Saraswati. Based on satellite imagery, they have drawn out a map of Saraswati River from Glacier to Rann of Kachch.
Dr M R Rao, GGM, ONGC alongwith his team, undertook drilling near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and got a discharge of 76000 litres/hr of water from one of the wells. Out of 24 wells, drinking water was obtained from 23 wells. Scientific tests on this subterranean water revealed that this water belonged to an old river that once existed here. This old river was none other than Vedic Saraswati. ONGC has now been approached by Haryana Government to undertake drilling at Kalayat and Kapal Mochan in Haryana under their Phase-II programme.
Besides the above scientific evidences, village wise revenue record has been collected and compiled proving the flow of Saraswati Nadi in continuity. Survey of India topo-sheets tally with these revenue records. Based on these revenue records, about 50km of Saraswati channel has already been cleared by digging by Haryana Irrigation Department.Any visitor to the archaeological sites at Kunal (District Fatehabad, Haryana) will find shells in the river bed. A friend of archaeology would show a conch recovered from Rakhigarhi (Distrist Jind, Haryana) excavation.
\"Unfortunately inspite of the overwhelming evidence and public demand, the Govt. took no steps to revive the River. The matter was brought before the Hon\'ble High Court, Haryana-Punjab at Chandigarh through a Civil Writ Petition (CWP 8561 of 1996) by Shri D.P. Dastoor an advocate of Pehowa (Kurukshetra)
\"…….. we direct Deputy Commissioner Kurukshetra and the Municipal Committee Pehowa to remove all encroachments from the land entries of which are in favour of Saraswati river……..\"
Unbelievably, all encroachments were removed voluntarily without any use of force. The monumental work of Govt. & Public co-operation at Pehowa has been beautifully documented by the District Administration in a souvenir (samarika). It is gratifying to add that the Haryana Government has now adopted the Saraswati Project and they have recently held a seminar on the revival of Saraswati River at Kurukshetra on October 22, 2008. Thus, all the evidences mentioned above point to only one conclusion that Vedic Saraswati no longer remains a debatable issue.
See Sarasvati Conference information: http://sites.