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Reclaiming the historic Saraswati River: Water now running in 180-km Saraswati paleochannel in Haryana

Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) has managed to run water into about 180 km palaeochannel of the Saraswati from Radaur area of Yamunanagar district to Kaithal district in Haryana, reports Times of India

“This water brought in the channel of Saraswati river is subsequently falling in Ghaggar river near Punjab-Haryana border in Kaithal and Patiala districts. Ghaggar is one of the living rivers in north Bharat, which flows heavily during the monsoon season and dries up in the Thar desert. The Haryana government has already reserved the water of Ghaggar at Kaushalya Dam constructed between 2008-2012 in Panchkula district near Pinjore to release the same under a mechanism.

As per the information given by HSHDB vice-chairman Dhuman Singh Kirmach, the water in the said section of Saraswati channel has been taken from the Chautang riverhead at Uncha Chandana village in Yamunanagar district. Chautang river, a tributary of Saraswati, receives water from Shivalik hills.”

Another article provides more details.

Paleochannel is a geological term describing a remnant of an inactive river or stream channel that has been filled or buried by younger sediment. Being able to run water in this channel is further proof that the mighty Saraswati once ran along this river bed before running dry.

For decades, our mentally colonized intelligentsia has continued peddling the British/Western line that Saraswati is a ‘mythical’ river, obstinately refusing to accept that the Rig Veda and Mahabharat speak of Saraswati as a real river.

Indic studies scholar Michel Danino has painstakingly gathered evidence which shows the river actually existed during the Vedic period in his pathbreaking book The Lost River: On the trail of the Sarasvati.

While Western Indologists and historians have long labelled the ancient civilization which emanated in the north-west part of the Bharatiya subcontinent as the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC), it should be correctly termed the Sindhu-Saraswati Civilization (SSC), as civilization blossomed along both these rivers.

While the IVC is dated by Westerners as having started in 3300 BCE followed by an ‘Aryan invasion’ around 2000-1500 BCE and the end of the civilization by 1300 BCE, new archaeological, genetic and other evidence has totally turned these theories upside down.

We are now seeing sites like Bhirana (7570-6200 BCE), Rakhigarhi (4000 BCE) in modern-day Haryana, a study of which has shown that Vedic practices evolved out of indigenous cultures of this region and were not imposed by any ‘Aryan invasion.’ Remains of chariots dating 2000 BCE have been found in Sanauli, West UP, showing presence of a sophisticated warrior class in the Bronze Age and busting the myth that chariots were brought by invading Aryans.

In fact, we are now finding Bronze/Copper Age sites in Gangetic plains and even as far as Odisha and West Bengal showing that the civilization wasn’t just limited to Sindhu-Saraswati basin.

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