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Atharva Veda

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In the Atharva Veda, Sarasvatī appears as a healer and a life-giver. Sarasvatī is also invoked in marriage ceremonies, where the bride is asked to pay homage to her. Sarasvatī's association with matters of this world in the Atharva Veda reflects the characteristic orientation of the text itself. Of greater significance in the Atharva Veda is Sarasvatī's identification with speech. Another point of interest in the Atharva Veda is the mention of the three Sarasvatī. The three are undoubtedly the three goddesses Sarasvatī, Iḷā, and Bhāratī.

Keywords: Atharva veda; Sarasvatī



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