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Why Yamuna Is Also Known As Suryaja?

Suryaja is one among the numerous names of Yamuna River. The river is known as Suryaja because she is the daughter of Surya, the sun god in Hinduism.

Yamuna is the daughter of Surya and his wife Samjna. Samjna is daughter of divine architect Vishwakarma.

As per Markandeya Purana, Surya approached Samjna, she being unable to tolerate her brilliance closed her eyes in fear. Surya saw this as an insult and cursed her to give birth to a River.

Thus, Yamuna is the daughter of Surya and in his wife Samjna and is therefore also known as Suryaja.