By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vitasta, VitastA, Vitastaa
Vitastā, in Ṛgveda
The Ṛgveda mentions the names of several rivers that were well-known during its period. There are 37 words in it which it indicates a river. The Nadistuti contains prayers addressed to ten rivers, out of which the Vitastā is also the one.
Vitastā as Jhelum
Vitastā is described as a river having wet banks at a great height with the river flowing far below. It has been identified with the modern river Jhelum in the Punjab State.
- Ṛgveda 10.75.1- 9
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore