Devalaya, aka: Deva-alaya, Devālaya; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Devalaya 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.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Devālaya (देवालय) refers to a “temple”, and in a broader sense represents “devotional place” or “residence of God”. It is one of commonly used names for a temple, as found in Vāstuśāstra literature such the Mayamata and the Mānasāra.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

Purana

Devālaya (देवालय).—The homes of the nine planets;1 temples visited by Paraśurāma;2 see also Devagṛhas.

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 95; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 85.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 24. 41; 27. 11; IV. 38. 57; Matsya-purāṇa 96. 25; 257. 6.
(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.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

dēvālaya (देवालय).—n (S) An idol-house.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēvālaya (देवालय).—n A pagoda, a temple.

(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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