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Origin Of Saraswati River In Hindu Scriptures

The origins of the sacred Saraswati River are described in the Rig Veda, Puranas and the Mahabharata. As per the Rig Veda, Saraswati River has its origin in the Himalayas.

As per the Skanda Purana, Saraswati River is believed to have originated from the Kamandalu, or water pot, of Brahma.

As per the Vamana Purana, the river originated from the root of the peepal tree in Himalayas. This peepal tree is the eternal tree of life whose roots are said to be in heaven.

As per Vedas, Saraswati River bestows bounty, fertility and riches. The Vedic rituals were performed on the banks of Saraswati River as she had purifying powers. She is also associated with medicine and healing. Satapatha Brahmana invokes her to heal sickness and is referred to as a healing medicine. In the Rig Veda, she and the Ashwins, twin gods often associated with healing, are said to heal Indra(10.131). She is invoked to cleanse the disease.