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Ṛg Veda

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In the Ṛg Veda, Sarasvatī is a deified river representing abundance and might. She is associated above all with the Waters and the Storm Gods (Maruts), and forms a triad with the sacrificial goddesses Iḷā and Bhāratī. Rituals were performed on the banks of the Sarasvatī. Vedic religion centered on the sacred fire into which offerings were placed, as hymns were recited. In their hymns, calling to mind how in the past Sarasvatī had bestowed her gifts on others, her worshippers invoke her, requesting for everything under the sun, from wealth, vitality, and progeny to pleasure, fame, and, very importantly for her later identification with speech, inspired thought.

Keywords: Ṛg Veda; Sarasvatī; Storm Gods; vedic ritual



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