Bhudevi, Bhūdevī, Bhu-devi: 3 definitions


Bhudevi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama

Bhū-devī (भूदेवी) is the personification of the earth and the symbol of Patience and Tolerance. Lakshmi is the embodiment of Compassion and Bhu-devi is the embodiment of Forbearance. These are the two energy forces which are required in order to pursue His function of preservation of the universal order (ṛta), and for the liberation of all beings. Thus Lord Viṣṇu as the “Preserver” is associated on a material level with the earth and it’s resources and on the ethical level by compassion and forbearance.

In her iconography Bhū-devī is depicted seated under a tree displaying the gesture of fearlessness and holding a globe representing the planet earth. He left foot rests upon a “nidhi-kumbha”—a pot filled with the treasures and resources of the eart

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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India history and geography

Source: Heidelberg: Glory of the Tiruvanantapuram Padmanabhasvami Temple

Bhūdevī (भूदेवी) refers to one of the consorts of Lord Padmanābha, according to the Anantaśayanakṣetramāhātmya, a text talking about the Thiruvananthapuram temple in eleven chapters, written before the 14th century and claiming to be part of the Brahmāṇḍapurāṇa.—The māhātmya provides us with a beautiful description of the form in which the Lord [Padmanābha] manifested himself at the request of the sage. In the description, the māhātmya also mentions Śrīdevī and Bhūdevī, the consorts of Lord Padmanābha.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhūdēvī (भूदेवी).—f (S) The tutelar divinity of a village, of the soil, or of a spot.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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