Sahajanya, Sahajanyā: 7 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sahajanya in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sahajanyā (सहजन्या).—An apsarā woman. The following information about her occurs in the Mahābhārata.

She is one of the six noble celestial girls, the other five being Urvaśī, Pūrvacitti, Menakā, Ghṛtācī and Viśvācī. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 74, Verse 69).

She was present at the Birthday Celebrations of Arjuna. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 64).

She is an actress in Kubera’s court. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 11).

Sahajanyā was among the celestial women who danced when Arjuna came to Devaloka. (Vana Parva, Chapter 43, Verse 30).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Sahajanya (सहजन्य).—The Yakṣa presiding over the month, Śuci.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 36.

2) Sahajanyā (सहजन्या).—An Apsaras in the sabhā of Hiraṇyakaśipu;1 with the sun for two months, Śuci and Śukra.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 14; Matsya-purāṇa 161. 74; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 49.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 5; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 7. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 8.
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Sahajanya in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Sahajanyā (सहजन्या) is the name of an Apsaras, instructed by Śakra to help in the preparations of Ṛṣabha’s wedding-preparations, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.


“[...] Then having ascertained the Lord’s purpose, Purandara at once summoned gods for the tasks of the wedding-preparations.—‘[...] Menā, receive with delightful conversation the ones who have arrived. Sukeśī, bring the hair-omaments for the brides and groom; Sahajanyā, show the place to the men of the wedding procession. [...]’. From the bustling of the Apsarases instructing each other in this way, and frequently calling names, a mighty tumult arose”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sahajanya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sahajanyā (सहजन्या).—[saha-janyā] (see janya), f. The name of an Apsaras, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 51, 4.

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

Sahajanya (सहजन्य).—[masculine] ā [feminine] [Name] of a Yakṣa & an Apsaras.

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

Sahajanya (सहजन्य):—[=saha-janya] [from saha] m. Name of a Yakṣa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] ([Scholiast or Commentator])

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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 (even English!). 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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