Devalaya, Deva-alaya, Devālaya: 17 definitions

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Devalaya means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Devalay.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

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: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Devālaya (देवालय) refers to “sanctuary § 4.2.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Devālaya (देवालय) refers to the “precincts of a temple” which makes a preferable site for the performance of a sacrifice, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.18.—Accordingly, “[...] the precincts of a temple (devālaya), a cowshed, a sanctuary or one’s own court-yard shall be selected for the performance of sacrifice. It shall be on a raised platform at least two hastas high. It shall be well decorated. Paddy weighing a Bhāra shall be spread on the ground to make a large circle. Diagrams of lotuses shall be made in the middle and in the eight quarters on the border of the circle. [...]”.

2) Devālaya (देवालय) refers to an “abode of Devas”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.22. Accordingly as Śiva said to Sitā:—“[...] O my beloved, beautiful woman, clouds will not reach the place where I have to make an abode for you. [...] There in the Himālayas even the beasts of prey are calm. It is the abode of many sages and ascetics. It is an abode of Devas (devālaya) and many deer move about in it”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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.
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: Bulletin of the French School of the Far East (volume 5)

Devālaya (देवालय) (in Chinese: T'ien-sseu) is the name of an ancient kingdom associated with Abhijit or Abhijinnakṣatra, as mentioned in chapter 18 of the Candragarbha: the 55th section of the Mahāsaṃnipāta-sūtra, a large compilation of Sūtras (texts) in Mahāyāna Buddhism partly available in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese.—Chapter 18 deals with geographical astrology and, in conversation with Brahmarāja and others, Buddha explains how he entrusts the Nakṣatras [e.g., Abhijit] with a group of kingdoms [e.g., Devālaya] for the sake of protection and prosperity.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dev-ālaya.—(EI 23), a temple; same as devakula. Note: dev-ālaya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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

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

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

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

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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

Devālaya (देवालय).—

1) heaven.

2) a temple.

Derivable forms: devālayaḥ (देवालयः).

Devālaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and ālaya (आलय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Devālaya (देवालय).—n.

(-yaṃ) 1. A division of heaven, the residence of the gods. 2. A temple. E. deva, and ālaya an asylum.

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

Devālaya (देवालय).—m. a temple.

Devālaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and ālaya (आलय).

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

1) Devālaya (देवालय):—[from deva] m. ‘residence of the g°’, heaven, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] temple, [Pañcatantra; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

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

Devālaya (देवालय):—[devā+laya] (yaṃ) 1. n. Residence of the gods; heaven; a temple.

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Devalaya 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Devālaya (देवालय) [Also spelled devalay]:—(nm) a temple, seat of a deity.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dēvālaya (ದೇವಾಲಯ):—[noun] = ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ [devasthana].

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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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