Posts Tagged ‘Rigveda’

August 21, 2016 0

Why old Ghaggar cannot be the Rigvedic river Sarasvati?

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Rajesh Kochhar   Sarasvati is the most celebrated river in the Rigveda on whose banks numerous hymns were composed. While many rivers are merely named, Sarasvati is described at length in the old Mandalas. It is called a mighty river which raises foam, makes waves , roars, cuts its banks and finally flows into a […]

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May 9, 2015 0

The rivers Sarasvati: Reconciling the sacred texts

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Rajesh Kochhar   Sarasvati is mentioned prominently, repeatedly and in detail in the Rigveda as a real river. It also figures in the secondary Vedic literature as well as in the Puranas and the Epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. However, all these accounts taken together are not mutually consistent. Now that the ancient sacred texts […]

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August 13, 2010 2

Rahu and Ketu in mythological and “astronomological” contexts

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Indian Journal of History of Science, Vol, 45, no.2, June 2010, pp. 287-297 Rajesh Kochhar Abstract Rahu and Katu were deployed as planetary deities in the sixth century CE immediately after the mathematical theory of eclipses was propounded by Aryabhata. Their literary credentials however go back to early Vedic times. Here our aim is to […]

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