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Story of Origin of Rivers on Earth in the Vedas

Vedas give prime importance to water and there is an important story as to how rivers appeared on earth. All the waters were once captured by the serpent demon Virtra. Symbolically, Vritra represents drought and chaos.

Life started to disappear from earth without water. There was utter chaos.

Then, Indra, the leader of the celestial beings, took on Vritra.

A fierce battle ensued between Indra and Vritra. At the end of the epic struggle, Indra killed Vritra with his mighty weapon, the thunderbolt.

All waters and rivers were then released. They then flowed down to earth, who were invoked as goddesses and worshiped for renewing life on earth.