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Ka – Vedic God Identified with Prajapati

Ka is one of the names of Prajapati, a Vedic God. The reference to the deity is found in the famous Hiranyagarphasukta (Rig Veda X.121). Why Prajapati is known as Ka is mentioned in a story in the Aitareya Brahmana by Acharya Sayana. Prajapati is known as Ka because of his unexplainable nature. Some of the other explanations: Ka is derived from root ‘kam’ which means to desire. According to this derivation Prajapati is called ‘Ka’ because he has a constant desire for creation. Another derivation of Ka is from root ‘kam’ which means to make happy. Prajapati is said to give happiness to all creatures.

Sant Janabai

Sant Janabai was one of the great woman Sants during the medieval bhakti movement in the present day Maharashtra. Janabai was born in 1260 AD in a poor family. Her father, Dama, had a dream in which he was asked to take his daughter to Damaseti, father of Sant Namdev. At the house of Sant Namdev, Janabai became a devotee of Lord Vitthal. It is said that whenever she stopped her household work out of tiredness, Lord Vitthal completed it for her. Once, Janabai was accused of stealing the ornaments and shawl of Lord Vitthal. When people tried to impale her on a spear, the spear dissolved into water. The devotional songs written by her are very popular. She also wrote devotional songs in praise of Sant Namdev and Cokamela.