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Haryana government to constitute board to preserve Saraswati Heritage Area

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To preserve and promote the various archeo-cultural facets of the Saraswati Heritage Area, a Development Board named Saraswati Heritage Development Board will be constituted by Haryana Government to take research on River Saraswati.

Rs100 crore of financial assistance will be getting from the center for the setting up of this Board.
• The meeting held at the State Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar this decision was taken.
• The board would conduct a field work to unearth and understand the past and the present content of the Saraswati heritage in Haryana for exposition of cultural patterns and values.
• Data collected from the field work will be used for exposition of cultural patterns and values of SHA.
• Chandigarh or Panchkula will the registered office of the HSHDB.
• For establishment and smooth functioning of the HSHDB, Rs. 10 crore provisions has been made.
• The board will also publish books, monographs, journals and also biographies of scholars who have contributed to the study of SHA.
• Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board which will also maintain liaison with other related national and international institutions apart from UNESCO and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
• Darshan Lal Jain, head of Saraswati Nadi Shodh Sansthan, an organization set up in 1999 to explore the possibility of reviving Saraswati said that the river used to flow around 5,000 years ago but disappeared because of earthquakes.
• The mention of the Saraswati river comes in the ‘Vedas’. Mythology has it that the ‘Vedas’ were written on the banks of the sacred river, which, according to Hindu religious beliefs, is believed to flowing underground now.
• The Ramayana, Mahabharata, Brahmanas and Puranas all talk of Saraswati, some even calling it Brahma’s sacred daughter Ikshumati — the greatest of mothers, greatest of rivers and greatest of goddesses.