Sarasvati

Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 03 Mar 2010 18:40 and updated at 03 Mar 2010 18:40

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MAHABHARATA NOUN

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Mbh.8.1.2 Having bowed down unto Narayana, and unto that most exalted of male beings, Nara, and unto the goddess Sarasvati also, must the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.8.34.1654 Ganga and Sarasvati and Sindhu and the Sky became its Dhura; all the other rivers and all the waters became the chords for binding the several limbs of that car.
Mbh.8.44.2357 A foremost one among brahmanas, venerable in years while reciting old histories, said these words, blaming the Vahikas and Madrakas, One should always avoid the Vahikas, those impure people that are out of the pale of virtue, and that live away from the Himavat and the Ganga and Sarasvati and Yamuna and Kurukshetra and the Sindhu and its five tributary rivers.
Mbh.9.1.3 Having bowed down unto Narayana and Nara, the most exalted of male beings, and the goddess Sarasvati, must the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.9.5.368 Having reached the Sarasvati of red waters on the sacred and beautiful table-land at the foot of Himavat, they bathed in that water and quenched their thirst with it.
Mbh.9.33.2378 With heart filled with rage at this, that illustrious son of Yadu's race, the wielder of the plough then set out on a pilgrimage to the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.33.2386 Bring all these necessaries for a trip to the sacred waters, and proceed with great speed towards the Sarasvati!
Mbh.9.33.2389 Setting out towards the Sarasvati, he visited all the sacred places along her course, accompanied by priests, friends, and many foremost of Brahmanas, as also with cars and elephants and steeds and servants, O bull of Bharata's race, and with many vehicles drawn by kine and mules and camels.
Mbh.9.33.2404 Even thus did the high-souled Rama give away wealth in diverse excellent tirthas on the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.33.2406 Janamejaya said, Tell me, O foremost of men, the features, the origin, and the merits of the several tirthas on the Sarasvati and the ordinances to be observed while sojourning there!
Mbh.9.33.2475 Having bathed also in that foremost of tirthas on the Sarasvati, the god having the hare for his mark shall, ye gods, grow once more!
Mbh.9.33.2479 Proceeding to the western Ocean at the spot where the Sarasvati mingles with the Ocean, that vast receptacle of waters, let him adore that God of gods Mahadeva there!
Mbh.9.33.2481 At this command of the celestial Rishi Daksha, Soma then proceeded to the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.33.2482 He arrived at that foremost of tirthas called Prabhasa belonging to the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.33.2496 Although the Sarasvati seems to be lost there, yet persons crowned with ascetic success, in consequence of their obtaining great merits and great blessedness at that spot, and owing also to the coolness of the herbs and of the land there, know that the river has an invisible current, O monarch, through the bowels of the earth there
Mbh.9.34.2497 SECTION Vaishampayana said, Baladeva as already said, proceeded next to the tirtha called Udapana in the Sarasvati, that had formerly been the residence, O king, of the illustrious ascetic Trita.
Mbh.9.34.2533 Not far from that spot was a deep hole on the bank of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.34.2567 At these words, O king, the Sarasvati with her waves appeared within that well.
Mbh.9.34.2577 Beholding Udapana and applauding it repeatedly, Valadeva next proceeded to Vinasana which also was on the Sarasvati
Mbh.9.35.2578 SECTION Vaishampayana said, Then Valadeva, O king, proceeded to Vinasana where the Sarasvati hath become invisible in consequence of her contempt for Sudras and Abhiras.
Mbh.9.35.2579 And since the Sarasvati, in consequence of such contempt, is lost at that spot, the Rishis, for that reason, O chief of the Bharatas, always name the place as Vinasana.
Mbh.9.35.2580 Having bathed in that tirtha of the Sarasvati, the mighty Baladeva then proceeded to Subhumika, situated on the excellent bank of the same river.
Mbh.9.35.2585 And because, O king, that spot is the beautiful sporting ground of those Apsaras, therefore is that tirtha on the excellent bank of the Sarasvati called Subhumika.
Mbh.9.35.2593 There, in that sacred tirtha of the Sarasvati, the illustrious Garga of venerable years and soul cleansed by ascetic penances, O Janamejaya, had acquired a knowledge of Time and its course, of the deviations of luminous bodies in the firmament, and of all auspicious and inauspicious portents.
Mbh.9.35.2598 There, on the bank of the Sarasvati, that mighty hero having the palmyra on his banner beheld a gigantic tree, called Mohasankha, tall as Meru, looking like the White-mountain, and resorted to by Rishis.
Mbh.9.35.2602 That tree is the cause of this celebrated and sacred tirtha on the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.35.2607 Having given away unto the Brahmanas diverse articles of enjoyment in profusion, Baladeva then, O king, proceeded along the southern bank of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.35.2614 Bathing in all those tirthas, and observing fasts and other vows as directed by the Rishis, and giving away wealth in profusion, and saluting all the ascetics who had taken up their residence there, Baladeva once more set out, along the way that those ascetics pointed out to him, for reaching that spot where the Sarasvati turns in an eastward direction, like torrents of rain bent by the action of the wind.
Mbh.9.35.2617 Janamejaya said, Why, O Brahmana, did the Sarasvati bend her course there in an easternly direction?
Mbh.9.35.2624 In consequence of the number of the Rishis, O king, the tirthas on the southern banks of the Sarasvati all looked like towns and cities.
Mbh.9.35.2628 Valkhilyas and Asmakuttas, Dantolakhalinas, Samprakshanas and other ascetics, as also those that subsisted on air, and those that lived on water, and those that lived on dry leaves of trees, and diverse others that were observant of diverse kinds of vows, and those that forswore beds for the bare and hard earth, all came to that spot in the vicinity of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.35.2631 Those practisers of high vows, however, failed to find sufficient room on the banks of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.35.2633 The river Sarasvati beheld, O monarch, that large body of Rishis penetrated with despair and plunged into anxiety for want of a broad tirtha wherein to perform their rites.
Mbh.9.35.2635 Having thus, O monarch, turned her course for their sake, the Sarasvati, that foremost of rivers, once more flowed in a westerly direction, as if she said, I must go hence, having prevented the arrival of these Rishis from becoming futile'
Mbh.9.35.2641 Worshipped by those regenerate ones, Vala, O king, then set out from that foremost of all tirthas on the Sarasvati Sapta-Saraswat.
Mbh.9.35.2643 And it abounded with Vadari, Inguda, Ksamarya, Plaksha, Aswattha, Vibhitaka, Kakkola, Palasa, Karira, Pilu, and diverse other kinds of trees that grow on the banks of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.36.2658 Whithersoever the Sarasvati was summoned by persons of great energy, thither she made her appearance.
Mbh.9.36.2659 These are the seven forms of the Sarasvati: Suprava, Kanchanakshi, Visala, Manorama, Oghavati, Surenu, and Vimalodaka.
Mbh.9.36.2671 During the continuance of that sacrifice at Pushkara and in the presence of the Grandsire, the Rishis, O king, said, This sacrifice cannot be said to possess high attributes, since that foremost of rivers, Sarasvati, is not to be seen here'
Mbh.9.36.2672 Hearing these words, the divine Brahman cheerfully thought of Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.36.2673 Summoned at Pushkara by the Grandsire engaged in the performance of a sacrifice, Sarasvati, O king, appeared there, under the name of Suprava.
Mbh.9.36.2674 Beholding Sarasvati quickly pay that regard to the Grandsire, the Munis esteemed that sacrifice highly.
Mbh.9.36.2675 Even thus that foremost of rivers, the Sarasvati, made her appearance at Pushkara for the sake of the Grandsire and for gratifying the Munis.
Mbh.9.36.2678 There where those Munis, conversant with diverse scriptures, took up their abode, there they thought of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.36.2679 Thus thought of, O monarch, by those Rishis performing a sacrifice, the highly blessed and sacred Sarasvati, for rendering assistance, O king, to those high-souled Munis assembled together, made her appearance at Naimisha and came to be called Kanchanakshi.
Mbh.9.36.2681 While king Gaya was engaged in the performance of a great sacrifice at Gaya, the foremost of rivers, Sarasvati, summoned at Gaya's sacrifice made her appearance there.
Mbh.9.36.2687 Before Auddalaka began his sacrifice, he had thought of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.36.2690 While, again, the high-souled Kuru was engaged in a sacrifice at Kurukshetra, that foremost of rivers, the highly blessed Sarasvati, made her appearance there.
Mbh.9.36.2691 Summoned, O monarch, by the high-souled Vasishtha who assisted Kuru in his sacrifice, the Sarasvati, full of celestial water appeared at Kurukshetra under the name of Oghavati.
Mbh.9.36.2693 The Sarasvati appeared there under the name of the fast-flowing Surenu.
Mbh.9.36.2694 Once again, while Brahman was engaged in a sacrifice on the sacred forest of the Himavat mountains, the adorable Sarasvati, summoned by him, appeared there.
Mbh.9.36.2696 And because the seven mingled together at that spot, therefore is that tirtha known on Earth by the name of Sapta Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.36.2701 At this sight, O monarch, the vital seed of the Rishi fell unto the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.37.2765 That foremost of Brahmanas then heard from those sages words of high import about this foremost of tirthas situate on the Sarasvati, and known by the name of Usanasa, which was represented as competent to cleanse from every sin and as an excellent spot for attaining to ascetic success.
Mbh.9.37.2783 Those ascetics, knowing their sire had become very old, took that ascetic to a tirtha on the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.37.2784 Brought by his sons to the sacred Sarasvati containing hundreds of tirthas and on whose banks dwelt Rishis unconnected with the world, that intelligent ascetic of austere penance bathed in that tirtha according to due rites, and that foremost of Rishis conversant with the merits of tirthas, then cheerfully said, O tiger among men, unto all his sons, who were dutifully waiting upon him, these words, He that would cast off his body on the northern bank of the Sarasvati containing much water, while employed in mentally reciting sacred mantras, would never again be afflicted with death'
Mbh.9.38.2800 He said, From this day, a person, by bathing in this tirtha of the great river Sarasvati, shall obtain the great fruit of a horse sacrifice!
Mbh.9.38.2826 In this foremost of tirthas of the Sarasvati, O king, he began to emaciate his own body by means of vows and fasts with fixed resolve.
Mbh.9.39.2853 Cutting the flesh from off the dead animals, that best of sages, having ignited a sacrificial fire on the tirtha of the Sarasvati, poured those pieces as libations for the destruction of king Dhritarashtra's kingdom.
Mbh.9.39.2870 Go, O king, and gratify that Rishi by the side of a receptacle of water on the bank of the Sarasvati'
Mbh.9.39.2871 Repairing to the bank of the Sarasvati, the king falling at his feet and touching them with his head, joined his hands and said, O thou of Bharata's race, these words, I gratify thee, O adorable one, forgive my offence.
Mbh.9.39.2882 There, O monarch, at the sacrifice of the high-souled Yayati, the son of Nahusha, the Sarasvati produced milk and clarified butter.
Mbh.9.39.2885 Beholding his great magnanimity of soul and his immutable devotion to herself, the river Sarasvati gave unto the Brahamanas invited to that sacrifice everything for which each of them cherished only a wish in his heart.
Mbh.9.40.2898 The high abode of Vasishtha was in the tirtha called Sthanu on the eastern bank of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.40.2902 Having performed a sacrifice there and worshipped the river Sarasvati, Sthanu established that tirtha there.
Mbh.9.40.2905 Unto that tirtha of the Sarasvati, the great Rishi Vishvamitra, by the aid of his austere penances, brought Vasishtha.
Mbh.9.40.2909 Though devoted to the performance of his duties, this, however, is the resolution, O Bharata, that he formed: This Sarasvati shall quickly bring, by force of her current, that foremost of ascetics, Vasishtha, to my presence.
Mbh.9.40.2914 Pale and trembling, Sarasvati, with joined hands appeared before that foremost of sages.
Mbh.9.40.2932 Beholding then that best of Rishis, Vasishtha engaged in silent recitation of mantras on her bank, and seeing Kusika's son Vishvamitra also engaged in homa, Sarasvati thought, Even this is my opportunity'
Mbh.9.40.2935 While being borne away, O king, Vasishtha praised the river in these words: From the Grandsire's manasa lake thou hast taken thy rise, O Sarasvati!
Mbh.9.40.2944 Thus praised by that great Rishi, Sarasvati, O king, speedily bore that Brahmana towards the asylum of Vishvamitra and repeatedly represented unto the latter the arrival of the former.
Mbh.9.40.2945 Beholding Vasishtha thus brought before him by Sarasvati, Vishvamitra, filled with rage, began to look for a weapon wherewith to slay that brahmana.
Mbh.9.40.2948 Seeing that best of Rishis, Vasishtha, borne away, the vindictive Vishvamitra, filled with wrath, addressed Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.40.2950 Then, cursed by the intelligent Vishvamitra, Sarasvati flowed for a whole year, bearing blood mixed with water.
Mbh.9.40.2951 The gods, the Gandharvas, and the Apsaras, beholding the Sarasvati reduced to that plight, became filled with great sorrow.
Mbh.9.41.2954 SECTION Vaishampayana said, Cursed by the intelligent Vishvamitra in anger, Sarasvati, in that auspicious and best of tirthas, flowed, bearing blood in her current.
Mbh.9.41.2957 After some time had passed away, some Rishis, possessed of wealth of asceticism, came to the Sarasvati, O king, on a sojourn to her tirthas.
Mbh.9.41.2959 Those learned persons at last came, O king, to that tirtha where the Sarasvati ran a bloody current.
Mbh.9.41.2960 Those highly blessed ones, arriving at that frightful tirtha, saw the water of the Sarasvati mixed with blood and that innumerable Rakshasas, O monarch, were drinking it.
Mbh.9.41.2961 Beholding those Rakshasas, O king, those ascetics of rigid vows made great endeavours for rescuing the Sarasvati from that plight.
Mbh.9.41.2963 Thus questioned, Sarasvati, trembling as she spoke, informed them of everything that had occurred.
Mbh.9.41.2967 Having said these words unto that foremost of rivers, they then consulted with one another thus, All of us shall emancipate Sarasvati from her curse'
Mbh.9.41.2968 Then all those Brahmanas, O king, worshipping Mahadeva, that lord of the universe and protector of all creatures, with penance and vows and fasts and diverse kinds of abstinences and painful observances, emancipated that foremost of rivers, the divine Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.41.2969 Beholding the water of Sarasvati purified by those Munis, the Rakshasas that had taken up their abode there, afflicted with hunger, sought the protection of those Munis themselves.
Mbh.9.41.2983 Bathing in that new river a branch of the Sarasvati the Rakshasas cast off their bodies and went to heaven.
Mbh.9.41.3001 The divine Sarasvati repaired to the Aruna, and flooded it with her waters.
Mbh.9.41.3002 This confluence of Sarasvati and Aruna is highly sacred!
Mbh.9.41.3006 Thus addressed, Shakra, at these words of Brahma, O Janamejaya, performed in that abode of Sarasvati diverse sacrifices.
Mbh.9.42.3021 SECTION Janamejaya said, Thou hast described the merits of the Sarasvati, O best of Brahmanas!
Mbh.9.42.3089 The spot they selected was the bank of the sacred and divine Sarasvati, that foremost of rivers, taking her rise from Himavat, that Sarasvati which, at Samanta-panchaka, is celebrated over the three worlds.
Mbh.9.42.3090 There, on the sacred bank, possessing every merit, of the Sarasvati, the gods and the Gandharvas took their seats with hearts well-pleased in consequence of the gratification of all their desires
Mbh.9.43.3095 The diverse gods, Indra and Vishnu, both of great energy, and Surya and Candramas, and Dhatri, and Vidhatri, and Vayu, and Agni, and Pushan, and Bhaga, and Aryaman, and Ansa, and Vivaswat, and Rudra of great intelligence, and Mitra, and the eleven Rudras, the eight Vasus, the twelve Adityas, the twin Ashvinis, the Viswedevas, the Maruts, the Saddhyas, the Pitris, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, the Yakshas, the Rakshasas, the Pannagas, innumerable celestial Rishis, the Vaikhanasas, the Valakhilyas, those others among Rishis that subsist only on air and those that subsist on the rays of the Sun, the descendants of Bhrigu and Angiras, many high-souled Yatis, all the Vidyadharas, all those that were crowned with ascetic success, the Grandsire, Pulastya, Pulaha of great ascetic merits, Angiras, Kasyapa, Atri, Marichi, Bhrigu, Kratu, Hara, Prachetas, Manu, Daksha, the Seasons, the Planets, and all the luminaries; O monarch, all the rivers in their embodied forms, the eternal Vedas, the Seas, the diverse tirthas, the Earth, the Sky, the Cardinal and Subsidiary points of the compass, and all the Trees, O king, Aditi the mother of the gods, Hri, Sri, Swaha, Sarasvati, Uma, Sachi, Sinivali, Anumati, Kuhu, the Day of the new moon, the Day of the full Moon, the wives of the denizens of heaven, Himavat, Vindhya, Meru of many summits, Airavat with all his followers, the Divisions of time called Kala, Kashtha, Fortnight, the Seasons, Night, and Day, O king, the prince of steeds, Ucchaisravas, Vasuki the king of the Snakes, Aruna, Garuda, the Trees, the deciduous herbs, and the adorable god Dharma, all came there together.
Mbh.9.43.3100 Filled with joy, the denizens of heaven made that high-souled youth, that terror of the Asuras, the generalissimo of the celestial forces, after pouring upon his head the sacred and excellent water of the Sarasvati from golden jars that contained other sacred articles needed for the purpose.
Mbh.9.44.3341 Listen now to the history of the sacredness of that foremost of tirthas on the Sarasvati.
Mbh.9.47.3513 Indeed in that auspicious and sacred tirtha of the Sarasvati, Vishnu himself, having in days of yore slain the Asuras, Madhu and Kaitabha, had, O chief of the Bharatas, performed his ablutions.
Mbh.9.49.3609 Thither where on the banks of the Sarasvati the high-souled sage was engaged in the act of gratifying the gods, the celestial damsel named above, O monarch, made her appearance.
Mbh.9.49.3611 It fell into the Sarasvati, and the latter held it with care.
Mbh.9.49.3615 Beholding that best of rishis in a conclave, Sarasvati, O monarch, while making over the child, said these words, O regenerate rishi, this is thy son whom I held through devotion for thee!
Mbh.9.49.3630 O blessed Sarasvati, through my grace, thou shalt, O beautiful one, always become the foremost of all sacred rivers'
Mbh.9.49.3651 The river Sarasvati then said unto him, Thou needst not, O son, depart hence, for I will always supply thee with food even here by giving thee large fishes!
Mbh.9.52.3762 Beholding the glory of the Sarasvati, as also the tirtha called Plakshaprasravana, Vala next reached another excellent and foremost of tirthas called Karavapana.
Mbh.9.52.3795 Having listened to the discourse of the sages about the great merits of tirthas, Rama of unfading glory sang this verse in the midst of the Brahmanas, Where else is such happiness as that in a residence by the Sarasvati?
Mbh.9.52.3796 Where also such merits as those in a residence by the Sarasvati?
Mbh.9.52.3797 Men have departed for heaven, having approached the Sarasvati!
Mbh.9.52.3798 All should ever remember the Sarasvati!
Mbh.9.52.3799 Sarasvati is the most sacred of rivers!
Mbh.9.52.3800 Sarasvati always bestows the greatest happiness on men!
Mbh.9.52.3801 Men, after approaching the Sarasvati, will not have to grieve for their sins either here or hereafter'
Mbh.9.52.3802 Repeatedly casting his eyes with joy on the Sarasvati, that scorcher of foes then ascended an excellent car unto which were yoked goodly steeds.
Mbh.9.53.3821 That was an excellent tirtha on the southern side of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.10.1.3 Having bowed down unto Narayana, and Nara the most exalted of male beings, and unto the goddess Sarasvati, must the word Jaya be uttered!
Mbh.11.1.3 Having bowed down unto Narayana and Nara, the foremost of male beings, and unto the goddess Sarasvati, must the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.16.1.3 Having bowed down unto Narayana, and to Nara, the foremost of men, as also to the goddess Sarasvati, should the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.16.7.340 The dear son of Yuyudhana, with a company of old men and children and women, the righteous-souled Arjuna established on the banks of the Sarasvati.
Mbh.17.1.3 Having bowed down unto Narayana, and to Nara, the foremost of men, as also to the goddess Sarasvati, should the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.18.1.3 Having bowed down into Narayana, and to Nara, the foremost of men, as also to the goddess Sarasvati, should the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.18.5.260 When the time came, O Janamejaya, they, plunged into the Sarasvati.
Mbh.18.6.351 Bowing unto Narayana, and to Nara, that foremost of men, as also to the goddess Sarasvati, should the word Jaya be uttered.
Mbh.18.6.443 One that proclaims the merits of this history called the Mahabharata, of the Earth, of the cow, of Sarasvati the goddess of speech, of Brahmanas, and of Keshava, has never to languish.
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Reference:- Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated to English by Kisari Mohan Ganguli; Source of Plain Text: www.sacred-texts.com; Wikified at AncientVoice.

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