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Jahnu. A Hindu prince who drank the Ganges (Gaṅgā) when it flooded his sacrificial ground. The ṛṣis and gods propitiated him, and he allowed the water to flow out of his ear, hence to be known in personified form as Jāhnavī, daughter of Jahnu. Hence also it is the name of the cave at the source of the Ganges.