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JANAMEJAYA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A great king, who was son of Parikshit, and great-grandson of Arjuna. It was to this king that the Mahabharata was recited by Vaisampayana, and the king listened to it in expiation of the sin of killing a Brahman. His father, Parikshit, died from the bite of a serpent, and Janemajaya is said to have performed a great sacrifice of serpents (Nagas) and to have conquered the Naga people of Takshasila. Hence he is called Sarpasattrin, 'serpent-sacrificer.' There were several others of the same name.

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