Janasthana, aka: Janasthāna, Jana-sthana; 4 Definition(s)
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Janasthāna (जनस्थान).—This is a part of the forest Daṇḍaka, which lies in the basin of the Godāvarī. Śrī Rāma had lived in this forest with Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa for a long time during the period of his forest-life. It was at this place that Śrī Rāma killed fourteen thousand Rākṣasas (giants) such as Khara Dūṣaṇa, Triśiras and others. (Mahābhārata Dākṣiṇātya Pāṭha, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 38). Mārīca allured Sītā and Rāvaṇa kidnapped her in this place. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 147). Śūrpaṇakhā tried to attract Śrī Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, and her nose etc, were cut off, in this forest. It was in this place that Śrī Rāma cut off the head of a Rākṣasa (demon) and threw it away. That head fell in the lap of a hermit called Mahodara. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 39). Janasthāna is regarded as a holy place. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 25, Stanza 29, that those who stay in this place and take bath in the Godāvarī will acquire imperial prosperity.(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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janasthāna (जनस्थान).—n (S) The forest Danḍaka in the Dakhan̤, the resort of hosts of demons. 2 Jocosely. A name for the city nāśika Nashik.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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.
Janasthāna (जनस्थान).—Name of a part of the Daṇḍakā forest; R.12.42;13.22; U.1.28;2.17.
Derivable forms: janasthānam (जनस्थानम्).
Janasthāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jana and sthāna (स्थान).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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