Devapriya, Deva-priya: 9 definitions


Devapriya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Devapriya in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Devapriyā (देवप्रिया) is the name of one of those Apsaras obtained by Naravāhanadatta by the favour of Viṣṇu, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 54. Accordingly, “... when all said this, the king was pleased, and ordered a festival for his son on account of the favour which Viṣṇu had showed towards him. And he and his wives saw those Apsarases, his daughters-in-law, obtained by the favour of Viṣṇu, whom Gomukha brought to fall at his feet, Devarūpā, and Devarati, and Devamālā, and the fourth Devapriyā, whose names he inquired by the mouth of their maids”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Devapriyā, 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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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Devapriya (देवप्रिय) is another name for (the yellow variety of) Mārkava, a medicinal plant identified with Wedelia calendulacea Less. which is a synonym of Sphagneticola calendulacea from the Asteraceae or “aster” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.138-141 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Devapriya and Mārkava, there are a total of twenty  Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Devapriya (देवप्रिय) is the name of a Gaṇanāyaka (“leader of Gaṇas”), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.40 (“The Marriage Procession of Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] The brilliant Lokāntaka, Daityāntaka, lord Bhṛṅgiriṭi, the glorious Devapriya, Aśani and Bhānuka went with sixtyfour crores. Others in jovial mood went in thousands with Śiva to attend his marriage, O sage. A thousand crores of Bhūtas aud three crores of Pramathas went. Vīrabhadra went with sixtyfour crores of Gaṇas and three crores of Romajas. [...]”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Devapriya in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Devapriya in India is the name of a plant defined with Sphagneticola calendulacea in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Complaya chinensis (Osbeck) Strother (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Philippine Journal of Science (1917)
· Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France (1954)
· Dagbok ofwer en Ostindisk Resa (1757)
· Systema Vegetabilium (1826)
· Synopsis Plantarum (1807)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Devapriya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Devapriya (देवप्रिय).—'dear to the gods', an epithet of Śiva; (devānāṃpriyaḥ an irreg. comp. meaning

1) a goat.

2) a fool, idiot like a brute breast, as in te'pyatātparyajñā devānāṃpriyāḥ K. P.

3) an ascetic, who renounces the world).

Derivable forms: devapriyaḥ (देवप्रियः).

Devapriya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and priya (प्रिय).

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

Devapriya (देवप्रिय).—[adjective] dear to the gods (Śiva).

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

1) Devapriya (देवप्रिय):—[=deva-priya] [from deva] mfn. ‘dear to the gods’

2) [v.s. ...] stupid, silly, [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes] (cf. devānām-)

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [Śivagītā, ascribed to the padma-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of two plants (= pīta-bhṛṅgarāja and bakapuṣpa), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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