Jahnavi, Jāhnavī, Jahnāvī: 6 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Jāhnavī (जाह्नवी) is the name of a sacred river as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.12, “somehow men must strive to find a residence in a holy centre. On the shores of the ocean in the confluence of hundreds of rivers there are many such holy centres (puṇyakṣetra or tīrtha) and temples. [...] The devotees of Śiva are the bestowers of Śivaloka and accord cherished desires. [...] The devotee shall take bath in the Jāhnavī (Ganges) in the month of Mārgaśīrṣa when Jupiter is in the zodiac of Capricornus”.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Jāhnavī (जाह्नवी).—The river Gaṅgā. (See under Jahnu).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Jāhnavī (जाह्नवी).—The wife of Śaṃtanu, mother of Devavṛta.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 50. 44-5.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jahnāvī (जह्नावी).—f. Jahnu's family; आ जह्नावीं समनसोप वाजैः (ā jahnāvīṃ samanasopa vājaiḥ) Rv.1.116.19.

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Jāhnavī (जाह्नवी).—[jahnoḥ apatyaṃ strī aṇ ṅīp] An epithet of the river Ganges.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Jāhnavī (जाह्नवी).—f. (-vī) Ganga or the Ganges personified. E. jahnu a saint, aṇ affix of descent, fem. affix ṅīṣ, the daughter of Janhu: see jahnutanayā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Jahnāvī (जह्नावी):—f. Jahnu’s family, [Ṛg-veda i, 116, 19; iii, 58, 6.]

2) Jāhnavī (जाह्नवी):—[from jāhnava] f. ‘daughter of Jahnu (q.v.)’, the Gaṅgā, [Mahābhārata iii, v, xiii] (metrically vi, [7680]), [Bhagavad-gītā; Harivaṃśa etc.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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