Saptajanashrama, Saptajanāśrama, Saptajana-ashrama: 1 definition


Saptajanashrama means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Saptajanāśrama can be transliterated into English as Saptajanasrama or Saptajanashrama, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Saptajanāśrama (सप्तजनाश्रम).—A holy place where seven hermits called the Saptajanas, went to heaven by standing head downwards in water. This was the place through which Śrī Rāma and Sugrīva went to Kiṣkindhā. Sugrīva told Śrī Rāma about the hermitage of Saptajanas as follows:

"Oh! Rāghava! This vast area is the hermitage where rest could be taken, as sweet fruits and pure water could be obtained and the forest looks like a garden. Here the seven hermits called Saptajanas, who did penance and took vow and fast by standing in water always, with heads downwards, did live in days of old." (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Kiṣkindhā Kāṇḍa, Sarga 13).

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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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