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Superior to Heaven

Janmabhumi in Ramayana

Janani janmabhoomischa swargadapi gariyasi (Mother and motherland are superior to heaven) is a saying from the great Indian epic Ramayana. Rama is said to have uttered this while addressing his younger brother, Lakshman, after their victory over the emperor of Rakshas, Ravan. The sloka reads as follows:

Api Swarnamayi Lankaa na me Lakshmana rochate
Janani Janmabhumishcha Swargaadapi Gariyasi
“Lakshmana, even this golden Lanka does not appeal to me; mother and motherland are greater than heaven.”

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