There are many opinions about whether or not the ancient civilizations of Europe ever spoke a language close to Proto Indo European or Sanskrit, but there is no debating the fact that Sanskrit is a language, which has the in-built intelligence to decode the ancient names of present day rivers and mountains anywhere in the world.

Irrespective of one’s opinion about whether Sanskrit was a universal language of an all pervading Vedic world, Sanskrit remains one of the biggest tools that can remove the many layers under which the truths of human history are hidden. Here is a look at the names of the Rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina:

One of the most prominent rivers of Bosnia Herzegovina is the Tara River. It is only 82 miles long, but at its deepest it is 1300 metres. Its canyon, the Tara River Canyon, is the second deepest in the world – after the Grand Canyon. The words ‘tAr’, ‘tAra ‘and “tarA’ have many meanings in Sanskrit. here are the most relevant one’s:

-‘tAr’ (तार) means ‘high’, ‘clear’, ‘excellent’, protector, good, clean, ‘descent to a river’.
-‘tAra” (तारा) means ‘star’, ‘asterism’, ‘meteor’.
-‘tara’ (तर) means surpassing, crossing, carrying across, and ‘passage’.

The Tara River is also known as Tapa in Serbian Cyrillic. Tapa (तप) means ‘warmth’ or ‘sun’ in Sanskrit. 

The Tara emerges from the confluence of the Opasnica and Verusa Rivers. Opasnica may be a distortion of the Sanskrit ‘upasana’ (उपासन) which means ‘prayer’, ‘worship’ or ‘respect’. ‘Verusa’ may be a distortion of the Sanskrit ‘Varish’ (वारीश) which means ‘Lord of the Waters’ or ‘Ocean’, or Verusa may be derived from ‘Varisha’ (वरिषा) which means ‘rain’.

The Tara converges with the Piva to form the Drina River. Piva (पीवा) in Sanskrit means ‘water’ . Together the two rivers form the third river Drina. The Drina for which no etymological explanation has been given so far, may be a distortion of the Sanskrit ‘Trini’. ‘Trini’ (त्रीणि) means meaning ‘Threesome’ or ‘Third’. The name ‘Trini’ is akin to ‘Triveni’, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna at Prayag in India.

The Drina Confluence

The name Drina may be a distortion of the Sanskrit  ‘Trini‘ 

meaning ‘threesome’.

The Drina is a branch of the Danube watershed. For a note on the Sanskrit connection to the name Danube click here.


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