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SANJNA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Conscience.' According to the Puranas, she was daughter of Viswakarma and wife of the sun. She had three children by him, the Manu Vaivaswata, Yama, and Yami (goddess of the Yamuna river). "Unable to endure the fervours of her lord, Sanjna gave him Chhaya (shade) as his handmaid, and repaired to the forests to practice devout exercises." The sun beheld her engaged in austerities in the form of a mare, and he approached her as a horse. Hence sprang the two Aswins and Revanta. Surya then took Sanjna back to his own dwelling, but his effulgence was still so overpowering, that her father, Viswakarma, placed the sun upon his lathe, and cut away an eighth part of his brilliancy. She is also called Dyumayi, 'the brilliant,' and Mahavirya, 'the very powerful.'

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