Devarupa, Devarūpa, Devarūpā, Deva-rupa: 6 definitions


Devarupa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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»] — Devarupa in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Devarūpā (देवरूपा) 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 Devarūpā, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Devarupa in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

devarūpa : (nt.) an image of a deity.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Devarūpa refers to: divine appearance or form PvA.92;

Note: devarūpa is a Pali compound consisting of the words deva and rūpa.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Devarūpā (देवरूपा):—[=deva-rūpā] [from deva] f. ‘of divine form’, Name of an Apsaras, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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