"daughter of Jahnu; River Ganges"

Jahnavi Origin and Meaning

The name Jahnavi is a girl's name meaning "daughter of Jahnu; River Ganges".

The river Ganges in India is also called Jahnavi (literally "daughter of Jahnu") due to a legend involving the sage Jahnu. The Ganges river destroyed his fields, so Jahnu drank up all of the river's water to punish her. The Gods prayed to the sage to release the Ganges, and Jahnu relented and released the Ganges from his ear.