Balarama’s pilgrimage tracing the Saraswati River from its confluence with the Western Ocean to its source in the lower Himalayas is detailed in the Shalya Parva of Mahabharata in chapters 33 to 52. Balarama follows the trail of Saraswati and finds its middle part lost in the desert, exactly where now lies the Thar Desert.
This article explores the question of linkage of Yamuna with Sarasvati using literary evidence corroborated by hydrology as well as by eolian activity, tectonics, near-surface geology and geophysics, and mineralogy.
The Samskŗt word Samkrānti means transference, transit, migration, shifting, etc. Makara Samkrānti is the transit of the Sun from the Dhanu Rāṡi to the Makara Rāṡi. This year Makara Samkrānti is celebrated on 14th January.
The soul is sookshma, smaller than the quantum particles, like the proton, and that a Soul has a reach or field, which extends to the whole of Cosmos.
Concluding Part of a series on Geographical data in the Mahabharata
In Part II of the research paper on geographical data in the Mahabharata let’s explore Kingdoms, villages, towns, cities, forests, lakes, mountains.
Mahābhārata is full of travel narratives showing how ancient people travelled across Bhāratavarsha connecting the places.