Devasabha, Deva-sabha: 13 definitions


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

Devasabha (देवसभ) is the friend of a village (nagara), as mentioned to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 118. Accordingly, “... there was a city in the eastern region (pūrva) named Devasabha, that surpassed in splendour the court of the gods. In it there lived a universal monarch named Merudhvaja, the comrade of Indra when war arose between the gods and Asuras”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Devasabha, 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.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara

Devasabhā (देवसभा) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—To Rājaśekhara, Davasabhā is the name of mountain in western India. This may be indentified with the mountainous parts of either the Devās state or Udaipur, where the Dhebar lake is situated. The river Saravatī and Sabarmati rises from these parts near Udaipur and flow through the western India. In the Arthaśāstra of Kouṭilya mention that a variety of sandal as Daivasabheya and probably means either the hills or the country of the same name to the Rājaśekhara, where excellent sandal wood may be obtained.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Devasabha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Devasabhā (देवसभा) refers to the “celestial assembly”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.3 (“The boyhood sports of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Realising his desire, the Kṛttikās, O sage, took [Guha / Kārttikeya] to their region joyously. [...] With great love they gave him the rarest garments and excellent ornaments in the three worlds. Feeding him specially on the choicest delicacies day by day they brought up the boy prodigy. O dear, once that son of the Krttikās went to the celestial assembly (devasabhā) and showed wonderful feats. [...]”.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Devasabha (देवसभ) refers to the name of a Mountain or Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.86.14). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Devasabha) 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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Devasabha Thera - An arahant. He was the son of the ruler of a province and succeeded to the title when quite young. He visited the Buddha, and after hearing him preach, entered the Order, attaining arahantship shortly afterwards.

In the time of Sikhi Buddha he was a dove, and, having seen the Buddha, offered him a piyala fruit. He was three times king under the name of Piyali (Thag.v.100; ThagA.i.187f). He is probably identical with Piyalaphaladayaka of the Apadana. Ap.i.169f.

2. Devasabha Thera - An arahant. He was a Sakiyan of Kapilavatthu. He witnessed the Buddha settle the quarrel between the Sakiyans and the Koliyans and was established in the Refuges. Later he visited the Buddha at the Nigrodharama and entered the Order, afterwards attaining arahantship.

In the time of Sikhi Buddha he was a householder and offered the Buddha bandhujivaka flowers. Seven kappas ago he was a king named Samantacakkhu (Thag.v.100; ThagA.i.203f).

He is probably identical with Bandhujivaka of the Apadana. Ap.i.175f.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Devasabha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dēvasabhā (देवसभा).—f (S) The court of Indra; an assembly of the gods.

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

dēvasabhā (देवसभा).—f The court of Indra.

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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

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

Devasabhā (देवसभा).—

1) an assembly of the gods (sudharman).

2) a council of a king, council-chamber.

3) a gambling-house.

Devasabhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms deva and sabhā (सभा).

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

Devasabhā (देवसभा).—f.

(-bhā) An assembly of the gods. E. deva a deity, and sabhā assembly.

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

1) Devasabha (देवसभ):—[=deva-sabha] [from deva] n. Name of a town, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Devasabhā (देवसभा):—[=deva-sabhā] [from deva-sabha > deva] f. a hall serving as a meeting-place for the gods, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] a gambling-house, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Devasabhā (देवसभा):—[deva-sabhā] (bhā) 1. f. An assembly of the gods; divine assembly.

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Devasabha 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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