Janhu: 1 definition

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Janhu (जन्हु).—A great king, son of Hotraka, (Suhotra, Vāyu-purāṇa.) and Keśinī (Kauśikā, Vāyu-purāṇa); while he was performing a sacrifice the Gangā flowed through his yajñavāṭa; enraged at it he drank the waters; so Gangā became his daughter and came to be known as Jāhnavī; married Kāverī, the grand-daughter of Yuvanāśva; and had a son Sunaha (Suhotra, Vāyu-purāṇa) by her; father Puru, Sumantu, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 15. 3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 25-30; Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 142; 91. 54-60; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 7. 3-7.

1b) Eldest son of Somaka.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 1; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 72.

1c) A son (descendant?) of Kuru, and father of Suratha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 4 and 9; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 217, 230; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 78; 20. 2.
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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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