Jahnu; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Jahnu (जह्नु) is depicted as a sculpture on the fourth pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—These events are illustrated in two sections. The episode of sage Jahnu releasing the river goddess Gaṅgā through his right ear opening is very finely interpreted in the right portion of the panel. By the side of the sage is a tree under which he is sitting, holding kamaṇḍalu, pot, in his left hand. Probably, he is drinking water of Gaṅgā with his kamaṇḍalu, water pot, letting her out through his right ear. Our identification of the water is based on the presence of swimming fishes in the curves, starting right from the right ear of the sage, flowing below the bent right leg of Bhagīratha, up to the left shoulder of the river goddess.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.


Jahnu (जह्नु).—A son of Kuru.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 50. 23.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Jahnu (जह्नु).—While flowing to the netherworld, Gaṅgā floods the hermitage of Sage Jahnu. The furious sage, on seeing this ravage caused by the haughty river, drank all the water. Again, Bhagīratha undertook penance to please the sage and prays him to release the river water for the realization of his aim. The latter releases her through his right ear.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Jahnu (जह्नु):—Son of Hotraka (son of Kāñcana). He drank all the water of the Ganges in one sip. He had a son named Puru. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.15.2-4)

2) Jahnu (जह्नु):—One of the four sons of Kuru (son of Saṃvaraṇa and his wife Tapatī) who was king of Kurukṣetra. He had a son named Suratha. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.4-5, 9.22.9)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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