Devamaya, Dēvamaya, Devamāyā, Deva-maya: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Devamāya (देवमाय) is the guardian of the cave (guha) named Triśīrṣa, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108. Accordingly, as Mandara said to Naravāhanadatta: “... for he [Mandaradeva] is protected by the cave, called the cave of Triśīrṣa, which forms the approach to his kingdom, and the entrance of which is guarded by the great champion Devamāya. But that cave can be forced by an emperor who has obtained the jewels..”.

According to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 109, “... and in course of time I, Devamāya, was born in the family of Mahāmāya, the keeper of the entrance of the cave [of Mount Kailāsa]. And at my birth a heavenly voice proclaimed: ‘There is now born among the Vidyādharas a champion hard for his foes to conquer in fight; and he who shall conquer him shall be emperor over them; he shall be the master of this child now born, and shall be followed by him as a lord’”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Devamāya, 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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Universität Wien: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Devamaya (देवमय) refers to “one who embodies (all) Gods”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “[...] A Brāhmaṇa who is not supported may not act with it (i.e. the kriyāśakti) in this world. But he may perform with it for the good of the world, having first relied upon the King. For the King is the Supreme Being, he embodies all Gods (sarva-devamaya) and is all-pervading. He is the base of the Creative Energy (kriyāśakti) belonging to Viṣṇu, and embodies the Lord. [...]”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēvamaya (देवमय).—a S Consisting of or filled with God or divinity, divine. See maya.

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

dēvamaya (देवमय).—a Consisting of or filled with God or divinity, divine.

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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

Devamāyā (देवमाया).—the Māyā of gods; ते दुस्तराम- तितरन्ति च देवमायाम् (te dustarāma- titaranti ca devamāyām) Bhāg.

Devamāyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and māyā (माया).

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

Devamaya (देवमय).—[deva + maya], adj., f. , Containing the gods, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 2798.

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Devamāya (देवमाय).—f. a phantom created by a god, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 2, 7, 42.

Devamāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and māya (माय).

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

Devamaya (देवमय).—[adjective] containing the gods.

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

1) Devamaya (देवमय):—[=deva-maya] [from deva] mf(ī)n. consisting of or containing the gods, [Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) Devamāya (देवमाय):—[=deva-māya] [from deva] m. Name of a prince, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) Devamāyā (देवमाया):—[=deva-māyā] [from deva-māya > deva] f. d° illusion, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 1, 26.]

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Devamaya 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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