Devadeva, aka: Deva-deva; 9 Definition(s)

Introduction

Devadeva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Devadeva (देवदेव):—Eighth of the eleven emanations of Rudra (ekādaśa-rudra), according to the Aṃśumadbhedāgama and the Śilparatna. The images of this aspects of Śiva should have three eyes, four arms, jaṭāmakuṭas and be of white colour. It should be draped also in white clothes and be standing erect (samabhaṅga) on a padmapīṭha. It should be adorned with all ornaments and with garlands composed of all flowers and it should keep their front right hand in the abhaya and the front left hand in the varada poses, while it should carry in the back right hand the paraśu and in the back left hand the mṛga.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana

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Devadeva:—Mentioned as one of the sons of Visvāmitra in the Legend of Paraśurāma (book IV of the Viṣṇu-purāṇa)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Vishnu Purana

Devadeva (देवदेव).—See Maheśvara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 257.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Devadeva (देवदेव) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.15, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Devadeva) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Devadeva:—Mentioned as one of the forty-nine Maruts (see Nīlamata-purāṇa 640-645).

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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devadeva : (m.) the god of gods.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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dēvadēva (देवदेव).—m (dēva by redup.) Religious offices or exercises; a course of devotion and piety. Ex. ātāṃ mī saṃsāra sōḍatōṃ va dē0 ārambhitōṃ or karatōṃ. 2 God of gods. A title of viṣṇu. Ex. nē gōkuḷāsī maja yē ritī dē0. dē0 karaṇēṃ To pray earnestly for: also to toil and strive hard after.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēvadēva (देवदेव).—m Religious offices or exercises; a course of devotion and piety. ?B karaṇēṃ. To pray earnestly for; also to toil and strive hard after. To take to pietism, to turn to religion, to be punctilious in performing all religi- ous rites.

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

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Devadeva (देवदेव).—

1) an epithet of Brahman; Rām.1.43.1.

2) of Śiva; अयाचितारं न हि देवदेवमद्रिः सुतां ग्राहयितुं शशाक (ayācitāraṃ na hi devadevamadriḥ sutāṃ grāhayituṃ śaśāka) Ku.1.52.

3) of Viṣṇu; Bg.1.15.

4) of Gaṇeśa; दृष्टप्रभावो वरदो देवदेवो विनायकः (dṛṣṭaprabhāvo varado devadevo vināyakaḥ) Ks.2.55.

Derivable forms: devadevaḥ (देवदेवः).

Devadeva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and deva (देव).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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