Devapi, Devāpi: 10 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Devāpi (देवापि):—One of the three sons of Pratīpa (son of Dilīpa, who was the son of Ṛkṣa, who was the son of Devātithi). He left the kingdom of his father and went to the forest, whereafter his brother, named Śāntanu, became the king. Devāpi will reestablish the Soma-dynasty, in the beginning of the next Satya-yuga. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.18-19)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Devāpi (देवापि).—A king born in the lunar dynasty. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu thus:—Atri—Candra—Budha—Purūravas—Āyus—Nahuṣa—Yayāti—Pūru—Janame jaya—Prācinvān—Pravīra—Namasyu—Vītabhaya—Śuṇḍu—Bahuvidha—Saṃyāti—Rahovādi—Raudrāśva—Matināra—Santurodha—Duṣyanta—Bharata—Suhotra—Suhotā—Gala—Garda—Suketu—Bṛhatkṣetra—Hasti—Ajamīḍha—Ṛkṣa—Saṃvaraṇa—Kuru—Jahnu—Suratha—Viḍūratha—Śārvabhauma—Jayatsena—Avyaya—Bhāvuka—Cakroddhata—Devātithi—Ṛkṣa—Bhīma—Pratīca—Pratīpa—Devāpi. Pratīpa had three sons named Devāpi, Śantanu and Bālhīka. Śantanu succeeded Pratīpa as king as his elder brother had taken to sannyāsa as a boy. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 61). Devāpi resorted to the forest. Devāpi was the best loved by his father and was the apple of the eyes of his subjects. But he was suffering from skin disease. So, when Pratīpa wanted to crown him king the people objected. Their argument was that God would not be pleased if a man with skin disease became king. The king yielded to their wishes and crowned Śantanu as his successor. The youngest brother Bālhīka went and stayed in his mother’s house. Devāpi who was disappoint ed that he was denied the crown, left for the forest and spent the rest of his life in penance. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 149). His end. Devāpi did tapas at the Pṛthūdaka tīrtha in the interior of Kurukṣetra and ultimately attained salvation. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 39, Verse 37). (See full article at Story of Devāpi from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Devāpi (देवापि).—A warrior who fought on the Pāṇḍava side in the great war. He hailed from Cedi. Karṇa killed him. (Karṇa Parva, Chapter 56, Verse 48).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Devāpi (देवापि).—A son of Pratīpa and brother of Śantanu; renounced the home and turned muni; requested by Śantanu to take up the throne; he spoke impeaching the Vedas. He took to yoga living in Kalāpagrāma. He was to establish the Lunar race in the Kṛta Yuga; Purohita of the Devas;1 unacceptable to the people as he suffered from leprosy.2 A Rājaṛṣi and a gotrapravartaka of the Treta yuga3 and a Paurava.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 12-18; XII. 2. 37; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 234.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 39-41; 273. 56.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 32. 39.

1b) A Paurava king who continues to live in Kali in Kalāpagrāma; Kṣatrapraṇetāra in the 24th Caturyuga. Originator of Kṣatriyas in the Kṛta.1 A son of Pratīpa. Even as a child retired to forest. The famine in his brother Santanu's (s.v) kingdom was said to be due to his elder brother Devāpi having been passed over for succession. Infected with heretical views through the minister of Śantanu by means of ascetics in the forest; thus disqualified for the throne.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 437-8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24-118.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 20. 9-30.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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

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

Devāpi (देवापि).—m.

(-piḥ) The son of Pratipa, supposed to be still alive, near the Sumeru mountain.

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

Devāpi (देवापि).—m. The name of a Ṛṣi or sage, Mahābhārata 1, 3750.

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

Devāpi (देवापि):—[from deva] m. ‘friend of the g°’, Name of a Ṛṣi who was son of Ṛṣṭi-ṣeṇa, [Ṛg-veda x] (according to a later legend he is a son of king Pratipa, resigns his kingdom, retires to the woods and is supposed to be still alive, [Mahābhārata; Purāṇa etc.])

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

Devāpi (देवापि):—[devā+pi] (piḥ) 1. m. Son of Pratīpa.

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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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