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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[1] 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.


  1. Ṛgveda 10.75.1- 9
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore