Identification of rivers
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Thu Apr 28 15:28:33 UTC 2011
The rivers originate in the Western Himalayas or some adjacent range and
some of them flow thru Kashmir. But they flow down through
Panjab/Haryana. So one cannot be definite about the Kashmir connection
tho that is possible. Definite evidence is necessary before drawing a
There is a tendency among us to connect anything that
might lie in or be just adjacent to the regions surrounding Kashmir, to
the valley itself. But that may lead to unconscious errors.One has to
Best wishes for all
--- On Thu, 28/4/11, Walter Slaje <slaje at T-ONLINE.DE> wrote:
From: Walter Slaje <slaje at T-ONLINE.DE>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Identification of rivers
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
Date: Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 3:06 PM
Śatarudrā (occurs also in the Matsyapurāṇa, see pw) is mentioned by Al-Bīrūnī in his enumeration of rivers having their source in the Himavat (Sachau, Vol. 1: ch. 25).
Sircar identifies it with the Śatadru river (Geography of Ancient and Medieval India 1971: 51, n. 3).
> Śatarudrā might be a corruption of Śatadru ( = Sutlej).
Śatadru/°drū itself seems to be the result of post-vedic folk etymology (ved. śutudrī, etc.), and the situation could have been similar with the formation of Śatarudrā (and possibly also with Śrīrātri) as deliberate attempts of giving these rivers an easily comprehensible meaning. "Corruption" in the strict sense is perhaps not applicable to such names.
Prof. Dr. Walter Slaje
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