Devadarshana, Dēvadarśana, Devadarśana, Deva-darshana: 10 definitions


Devadarshana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit terms Dēvadarśana and Devadarśana can be transliterated into English as Devadarsana or Devadarshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Devadarshana in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Devadarśana (देवदर्शन) is the name of a Brāhman, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Aṭṭahāsa said to Saudāminī: “... my dear, there is in this town a Brāhman of the name of Devadarśana. He is poor in children and in wealth, and, though he keeps up five fires, hunger makes two others burn more fiercely—namely, the fire of digestion in his own stomach and in that of his wife.”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Devadarśana, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Devadarshana in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Devadarśana (देवदर्शन) refers to “seeing the gods” (in a dream), according to the Svacchanda-tantra.—Accordingly, [verse 4.8-13, while describing auspicious dreams]—“[The dreamer] crosses over the ocean and river. Likewise sunrise and indeed blazing fire [are auspicious. Also auspicious is when the dreamer] sees planets, constellations, stars and the disk of the moon. [When the dreamer] ascends the palace or a turret of the palace, climbs a mountain top, tree, elephant, young animal, bull, horse, or man. [In auspicious dreams one] sees a chariot and also sees the siddhamantra, obtains the perfected oblation and sees the gods, etc. (devadarśanadevādīnāṃ ca darśanam) [...]”

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Devadarshana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Devadarśana (देवदर्शन) refers to “divine vision”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.41 (“Description of the Altar-Structure”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “Addressed thus by Śiva, O sage, you endowed with divine vision (devadarśana) told him secretly what you saw in the altar”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Devadarshana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēvadarśana (देवदर्शन).—n (S) The visit to an idol (esp. of a married couple shortly after marriage).

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

dēvadarśana (देवदर्शन).—n The visit to an idol.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Devadarshana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Devadarśana (देवदर्शन).—a. visiting the gods.

-naḥ Name of Nārada; यथा प्राह नारदो देवदर्शनः (yathā prāha nārado devadarśanaḥ) Bhāgavata 2.8.1.

Devadarśana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and darśana (दर्शन).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Devadarśana (देवदर्शन).—[adjective] seeing the gods.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Devadarśana (देवदर्शन):—[=deva-darśana] [from deva] mfn. seeing the gods, familiar with them, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Nārada, [Bp. ii, 8, 1]

3) [v.s. ...] of a Brāhman, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

4) [v.s. ...] n. appearance of a god, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

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Devadarshana in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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