Jāhnavī

geographical name
a name for the Gaṅgā, which reveals her connection with Jahnu Rṣi. Jahnu Rṣi was sitting by the Gaṅgā chanting his gāyatrī-mantra, when his ācamana cup fell into the river and was swept away by the current. Out of anger, Jahnu Rṣi opened his mouth and drank all the water in one gulp. King Bhagīratha, who had endeavored with great difficulty to bring the Gaṅgā to earth to deliver his deceased relatives, was overwhelmed with anxiety and worshiped the sage for several days. Jahnu Rṣi then released the Gaṅgā from his body. Because of this incident, the Gaṅgā is known as Jāhnavī, the daughter of Jahnu

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