Jahnu; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Jahnu in Purana glossaries]

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: Bhagavata Purana

Jahnu (जह्नु).—A hermit King born in the family of Pūru. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order:—Brahmā—Atri—Candra—Budha—Purūravas—Āyus—Nahuṣa—Yayāti—Pūru—Janamejaya—Prācinvān -Pravīra—Namasyu—Vītabhaya—Śuṇḍu—Bahuvidha -Saṃyāti—Rahovādi—Raudrāśva—Matināra—Santurodha—Duṣyanta—Bharata—Suhotra—Bṛhatputra -Ajamīḍha—Jahnu.

Ajamīḍha had three wives, Dhūminī, Nīlī and Keśinī. Ṛkṣa was born from Dhūminī, Duṣyanta and Parameṣṭhi from Nīlī and Jahnu from Keśinī. The descendants of Jahnu are called the Kuśikas. Jahnu handed over his kingdom to his son Balākāśva and went to perform penance. Kuśika was the son of Balākāśva. Drank up the river Ganges. The river Gaṅgā, which flowed through the earth in accordance with the request of Bhagīratha, submerged the hermitage of Jahnu. Jahnu became angry at this haughtiness of Gaṅgā and drank up the river, but at the entreaty of Bhagīratha pushed Gaṅgādevī out through his ear. (See under Gaṅgā). From that day onwards Gaṅgā got the name Jāhnavī. (See full article at Story of Jahnu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

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 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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

[Jahnu in Shilpashastra glossaries]

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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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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