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जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी

अपि स्वर्णमयी लङ्का न मे लक्ष्मण रोचते।
जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी॥
api svarṇamayī laṅkā na me lakṣmaṇa rocate |
jananī janmabhūmiśca svargādapi garīyasī ||

Even Lanka, decked with all it’s gold doesn’t endear itself to me;
Mother and Motherland are greater even than heaven.
(Rama said this to Lakshmana in Lanka)

This is one of the most famous/repeated quotes on patriotism/respect for one’s motherland.


15 responses to “जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी

  1. Anand Viswanathan July 26, 2009 at 3:58 am

    This is a very relevent quote for all Indians enamored by west’s glamour(which has no strong basis of morals in most cases) from none other than parabrahmam sriman narayanan himself as Rama. So, i think if we respect rama and his ideals and wish to follow him, indians should first start following this.

  2. Shikhar October 8, 2009 at 1:29 am


  3. raveender March 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    అతీవ సమ్యగస్తి. ఏతాని వాక్యాని రామేణ ఉదితమ్ ఇతి నాహమ్ జానామి.

  4. satyajit March 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    please guide me whether there should be lakshumanaha i.e. with or without : this sign. My intelligence is not deep enough to appreciate your kindness but I accept hereby.


    Have your grace showered on me.

    Aham satyajit: Asmi.

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  6. Sumita & Inderjit Kaur July 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

    what a valuable thought it is

    thank you

  7. Carl February 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I believe that’s not in the main version of the Ramayana, but some less accepted versions. Correct?

  8. Omprakash August 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Very nice

  9. Harihar Chilukuri December 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Would u please let me know this sloka number, sarga number & kaand in which the sloka in Ramayana appears?

  10. Karthik December 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Not sure; I even had it in school, but can’t recall which Ramayana it is from….

  11. Vishwajeet Bembi March 20, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    यह वाल्मीकि रामायण से लिया गया है . जब लंका विजयोपरान्त श्रीराम लंका में प्रवेश करते हैं तो लक्ष्मण जी उनसे पूछते हैं प्रभु आपको स्वर्णमयी लंका किस प्रकार की लगी? तब श्रीराम कहते हैं मेरे लिए तो जननी और जन्मभूमि ही स्वर्ग के समान हैं .

    • Shraddha April 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      किस प्रेस की वाल्मीकि रामायण में श्लोक है

    • अकुपा September 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      कृपया यह श्लोक किस कांड व सर्ग से है व श्लोक संख्या क्या है? कृपया बताएं ,आभारी हूँगा।

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