Janaki, aka: Jānakī, Jānaki; 3 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Jānaki (जानकि).—A Kṣatriya king who was the rebirth of an asura named Candravināśana. It is stated in Mahābhārata, Udyoga Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 20, that the Pāṇḍavas had sent to him a letter of invitation to take part in the battle of Bhārata.

2) Jānakī (जानकी).—See under Sītā.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Jānakī (जानकी).—Is Sītā (s.v.).*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 100; 15. 9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jānakī (जानकी).—[jānakasyāpatyaṃ strī, aṇ] Name of Sītā, wife of Rāma.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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