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A connection between speech and Sarasvatī may be found in the fluidity of the river. The Ṛg Veda notion of Vāc as all-pervading creatress is redefined in the Brāhmaṇas and the Brāhmaṇa passages of the Yajur Veda in relation to the creator Prajāpati. The Brāhmaṇas and the Brāhmaṇa passages of the Yajur Veda Saṃhitās include seven accounts of a myth wherein Soma is stolen by the Gandharva Viśvāvasu. The seven accounts are: Maitrāyaṇī, Saṃhitā, Kāṭhaka Saṃhitā, Kapiṣṭhala Kaṭha Saṃhitā, Taittirīya Saṃhitā, Aitareya Brāhmaṇa, Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, and Vādhūla Brāhmaṇa. The Brāhmaṇas continue to proclaim the sacredness of Sarasvatī waters and the auspiciousness of performing sacrifices on her banks.

Keywords: Brāhmaṇas; Prajāpati; river Sarasvatī



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