Devagana, Deva-gana, Devagaṇa: 16 definitions


Devagana means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Devagaṇa (देवगण).—See Manvantara.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Devagaṇa (देवगण) refers to the “groups of Gods”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.47 (“The ceremonious entry of Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] On hearing the loud sound of musical instruments trumpets etc. the attendants of Śiva simultaneously got up joyously along with the gods and sages [e.g., devagaṇasadevarṣigaṇā mudā]. With great joy m their minds they said to one another—‘O here come the mountains to take Śiva over there! The auspicious hour for marriage rites has come. We consider that our fortune is imminent. Indeed we are highly blessed as to witness the marriage ceremony of Śiva and Pārvatī, highly portentous of the good fortune of all the worlds’”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Devagaṇa (देवगण).—Thirty-three in number.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 80.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Devagaṇa (देवगण) refers to the “hosts of the Gods”, according to Mukunda’s Saṃvartārthaprakāśa.—Accordingly, [while describing the three currents of teachers]: “[...] The best and most excellent current amongst the teachers who are the Currents is the one free of the qualities (of Nature). It is said that the Current of Siddhas is in the netherworld and (is made of) supernatural beings. It is said that the Current of Men is in the sphere of mortals and (is made of) human beings. The Divine Current is in heaven and (is made of) the hosts of the gods (devagaṇa). That (Current) which is only one appears to be many”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Devagaṇa (देवगण) refers to “Deva multitudes”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, “Now the Bhagavān was residing in the abode of Brahmā. Many Deva multitudes (aneka-devagaṇa) assembled with a great assembly, multitudes of Bodhisattvas assembled; Śakra, the Lord of the Devas, Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara, Nāga Lords of great supernatural power, they all assembled. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

devagaṇa : (m.) a troop of gods.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Devagaṇa refers to: a troop of gods J.I, 203; DhA.III, 441;

Note: devagaṇa is a Pali compound consisting of the words deva and gaṇa.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēvagaṇa (देवगण).—m (S) See this explained under manuṣyagaṇa.

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

dēvagaṇa (देवगण).—m See this explained under manuṣyagaṇa.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Devagaṇa (देवगण).—a class of gods.

Derivable forms: devagaṇaḥ (देवगणः).

Devagaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and gaṇa (गण).

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

Devagaṇa (देवगण).—[masculine] a troop or class of gods.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Devagaṇa (देवगण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—devagaṇa, father of Yaśodhara, father of Bhadreśvara, father of Surapāla q. v.

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

Devagaṇa (देवगण):—[=deva-gaṇa] [from deva] m. a troop or class of gods, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Mahābhārata] etc.

[Sanskrit to German]

Devagana 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dēvagaṇa (ದೇವಗಣ):—

1) [noun] a class or troop of gods.

2) [noun] (astrol.) one of the three class of human beings classified based on their birth-stars (considered while matching the horoscopes of a girl and a boy before their marriage).

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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