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“The Saraswati originated in the Himalayas and passed through Haryana, Rajasthan and north Gujarat,” eminent geologist Prof KS Valdiya, who led the panel, said. The report commissioned by the Water Resources Ministry was made public on October 15.
Bed of the Ghaggar River nabard
These branches met in Shatrana, 25 kilometres south of Patiala and “flowed as a large river” emptying out into the sea that is now the Rann of Kutch.
Valdiya said the Saraswati passed through Pakistan before meeting the western sea through the Rann of Kutch and was 4,000 km in length. One-third of the river stretch fell in the present-day Pakistan. The longer, two-third stretch (around 3,000 km) was in India, he claimed.
Geologists and historians at the digging site in Yamunanagar indiatoday
There are theories that suggest that the drying up of the river led to the shifting of the Vedic people from India’s northwest to the Indo-Gangetic plain.
Traces of the River Saraswati has been found near Yamunanagar in Haryana indianexpress
The Centre and especially Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharati had in 2014 made “finding the missing river” a priority of the Modi government. Even Haryana government was involved in tracing the origin of the mythical Saraswati. Last year, people involved in digging the course of the Saraswati in Mugalwali village of Yamunanagar district found water gushing out when they burrowed to a depth of eight feet.
Legend has it that the Saraswati once fed two wells known as Kapalmochan and Ranmochan in which the Pandavas had taken bath.
It is believed that finding of the river will help boost religious tourism but also solve the water problem in an otherwise arid area.