Jitavati, Jitavatī: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Jitavatī (जितवती).—A daughter of King Uśīnara. She was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the friend of the wife of a Vasu named Dyau. It was because of the words of this Jitavatī that the Aṣṭavasus (the eight Vasus) stole the cow Nandinī of Vasiṣṭha, and by the curse of Vasiṣṭha had to take birth in the womb of women on earth. (See under Gaṅgā, Para 7).

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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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