Janaloka, Jana-Loka: 9 definitions

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Janaloka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Janaloka (जनलोक) refers to one of the seven heavens (upper regions) according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa. The Nīlamata mentions the threefold division of the universe indicated by the expressions like Tribhuvana, Trailokya etc. Evidently, the earth is the middle part, above and below which, are the heavens (eg., Janaloka) and the nether worlds. But as a matter of fact, the division seems to be twofold only, for the earth itself is regarded as the lowest of the seven upper regions.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Janaloka (जनलोक).—One of the fourteen worlds. This world is situated three crores of yojanas (leagues) away from Dhruvapada (the region of Dhruva—Pole star) according to Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa II, Chapter 7).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Janaloka (जनलोक).—A divine world,1 the world of Varuṇā1 as the face of Virāṭ,2 and a part of Puruṣ.3 Its inhabitants.4 Here was in ancient times a discussion about brahmavāda, on the occasion of a sacrifice performed by Brahmā;5 at a distance of 2 crores of yojanas from Maharlokam;6 during Pralaya the Devas go from Maharloka to this.7 (See also Jana).

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 20. 34.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 28.
  • 3) Ib. 5. 39.
  • 4) Ib. III. 11. 29.
  • 5) X. 87. 8-9.
  • 6) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. I. 123; 2. 13-15, 139. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 7. 13-14.
  • 7) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 6. 28. Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 3. 29.
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

janalōka (जनलोक).—m (S) Every body; tout le monde. 2 The fifth of the seven lōka. See saptalōka.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

janalōka (जनलोक).—m Everybody.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Janaloka (जनलोक).—one (i. e. the fifth) of the seven divisions of the universe situated above Maharloka; यो ब्रह्मवादः पूर्वेषां जनलोकनिवासिनाम् (yo brahmavādaḥ pūrveṣāṃ janalokanivāsinām) Bhāg.1.87.8.

Derivable forms: janalokaḥ (जनलोकः).

Janaloka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jana and loka (लोक).

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

Janaloka (जनलोक).—m.

(-kaḥ) One of the seven Lokas or divisions of the world, the fifth, next above Maharloka, where the sons of Bramha, and other pious men, reside. E. jana man and loka a world.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Janaloka (जनलोक).—m. the name of a world supposed to be situated over the Maharloka, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 2, 5, 39.

Janaloka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jana and loka (लोक).

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

1) Janaloka (जनलोक):—[=jana-loka] [from jana > jan] m. ‘world of men’, the 5th Loka or next above Mahar-loka (residence of the sons of Brahmā and other godly men), [Āruṇeya-upaniṣad; Nṛsiṃha-tāpanīya-upaniṣad i, 5, 6; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa; Skanda-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] cf. janas.

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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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