Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] A great
king, who was son of Parikshit, and great-grandson of Arjuna. It was
to this king that the Mahabharata was recited by Vaisampayana, and the
king listened to it in expiation of the sin of killing a Brahman. His
father, Parikshit, died from the bite of a serpent, and Janemajaya is said
to have performed a great sacrifice of serpents (Nagas) and to have conquered
the Naga people of Takshasila. Hence he is called Sarpasattrin, 'serpent-sacrificer.'
There were several others of the same name.
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