Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology]
the Mahabharata the Rishi Saraswata is represented as being the son of
the personified river Saraswati. In a time of great drought he was fed
with fish by his mother, and so was enabled to keep up his knowledge
of the Vedas, while other Brahmans were reduced to such straits for the
means of subsistence that study was neglected and the Vedas were lost.
When the drought was over, the Brahmans flocked to him for instruction,
and 60,000 acquired a knowledge of the Vedas from him. "This legend," says
Wilson, "appears to indicate
the revival, or, more probably, the introduction of the Hindu ritual by the
race of Brahmans, or the people called Saraswata," who dwelt near the Saraswati
river. Saraswata Brahmans still dwell in the Panjab, and are met with in many
2. The country about the Saraswati river.
3. A great national division
of the Brahman caste.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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