जकाराः पञ्च दुर्लभाः

जननी जन्मभूमिश्च जाह्नवी च जनार्दनः।
जनकः पञ्चमश्चैव जकाराः पञ्च दुर्लभाः॥
jananī janmabhūmiśca jāhnavī ca janārdanaḥ |
janakaḥ pañcamaścaiva jakārāḥ pañca durlabhāḥ ||
Mother, motherland, the Ganges, Lord Janardana;
And fifthly, Father, are five extraordinary things (that begin with ‘ja’!)

[Thanks to Shri Srikanth Srinivasan]
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14 thoughts on “जकाराः पञ्च दुर्लभाः

  1. अहम् यः अपि श्लोकम् आकर्णयामि
    जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरियसी ।
    त्वम् यस्यम् अर्थम् लिखितुम् शक्नोति किम् ?

  2. You had written the famous shloka ‘Janani Janmabhoomischa…., in an old post in your earlier site ‘Subhashitam’.

    Can you give the shloka number and the edition of Ramayana where this occurs? We were doing a research on this, and nothing came up…
    deepamjee at gmail dot com

    1. We had it in school, in one of our textbooks — even I haven’t been able to find the right edition of ramayana — now, I don’t think it occurs in Valmiki Ramayana. Let me know if you find something; I shall do the same!

  3. Listen to this article. Powered by Odiogo.com

    After defeating Ravan in the war, Vibheeshan requested Ram and Laxman to visit Lanka.

    Ram and Laxman were absolutely struck by the beauty of Lanka. The ponds were crystal clear and the way to get into was studded with diamonds and precious stones. The buildings were of fine architecture and the roads were very neat.

    Ram was spell bound and was getting attracted to the beauty of Lanka. But he refrained himself from further seeing the beauty of Lanka by saying

    “API SWARNAMAYI LANKA NA MAY LAKSHMANA ROCHATHI JANANI JANMABHOOMISCHA SWARGADAPI GARIYASI”

  4. Which translates to – “Dear LAXMAN, may be Lanka is truly Golden and resembles heaven but the mother and the motherland are more sacred than heaven”

  5. Everyone is fascinated by this sloka. The belief is that it is from Ramayan. Yes the content says so. But is this the one which Sage Valmiki said so? Is this from the Original Valmiki Ramayana?

  6. A brief translation should be given on this so that people can understand properly. I am happy to find this on today.

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