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In the Mahābhārata, Sarasvatī appears above all as a sacred river, along which pilgrimages are made. She is also represented as goddess of speech and knowledge. In relation to others, she is depicted as daughter, wife, and mother. In the Mahābhārata, Sarasvatī is celebrated as goddess of knowledge. In relation to Brahmā, Sarasvatī is a daughter. Sarasvatī is wife to Manu, as well as to sage Marināra, whom she chooses as husband following his twelve-year sacrifice on her banks. She then bears Marināra a son called Taṃsu.

Keywords: Brahmā; goddess of knowledge; Mahābhārata; Marināra; Sarasvatī



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