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India ramps up search for lost sacred river

Much needed clean-up ordered for the polluted Ganges.
The Ganges river. Image by Jon Rawlinson / CC BY 2.0

The BJP-led government of India is ramping up its search for the mystical Saraswati River, the lost sacred river mentioned in the ancient Rig Veda texts, written between 1700 BCE and 1100 BCE. The Saraswati is said to form a sacred confluence with two real sacred rivers – the Ganges and the Yamuna – at Allahabad. The Archaeological Survey of India has been instructed to start excavations along the hypothesised route of the Saraswati in the hope of proving once and for all that the Sarawati was a real – as well as spiritual – river. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com