By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Samjna, SamjJA, Samjyaa
Samjñā was the daughter of Viśva-karma, the architect of the Gods. She was also known as Sureṇu.
Married to Surya (the Sun-god) she bore him two sons (Vaivasvata and Yama) and a daughter (Yamunā).
Unable to bear the brilliance of Surya, she one day left him, after leaving her shadow-goddess called Chāyādevī in her place. Chāyādevī bore Surya two sons —Sāvarṇi-manu and Śanaiścara.
When Surya discovered the truth he went in search of her and found her roaming about as a mare.
The two Aśvins were born to them by their union.
He brought her back after pacifying her. (vide Harivamśa 1.9)
As a general word samjñā means a symbol as also consciousness.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore