Devasarga, Deva-sarga: 3 definitions

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Devasarga (देवसर्ग) or Sāttvikasarga or Ūrdhvasrotas refers to the “divine creation” (creation of divine beings) and represents the third of the nine classes of cosmic creation (sarga), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.15:—“[...] realising that it was not an aspirant (sādhaka) I began to ponder over the matter. Then the Sāttvikasarga otherwise known as Ūrdhvasrotas and Devasarga (divine creation) took shape. It was really charming. But considering that it too was not aspirant I meditated on my lord. [...] I cannot adequately describe the divisions and sub-divisions of all these types of creation (eg., Devasarga). [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Devasarga (देवसर्ग).—Is Vaikṛta: different species: Gods, Pitṛs, Asuras, Gandharvas, Apsarasas, Siddhas, Yakṣas, Rākṣasas, Caraṇas, Bhūtas, Preta-piśācas, Vidhyādharas, Kinnaras, etc.1 The sixth sarga.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 10. 16, 26-8.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 6. 63.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Devasarga (देवसर्ग) or Ūrdhvasrotas refers to the “creation of divinities”, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—This animal creation (tiryaksrotas) is dominated by the quality of tamas, it is irrational forsaking the path of morality and virtue. Because of the predominance of tamas in both these creations Brahmā is not satisfied and meditates again. Thus results the creation of divinities (devasarga), dominated by the quality of Sattva and it is termed as ūrdhvasrotas.

This divine creation (devasarga) endowed with pleasure and enjoyment, luminous from within and without has its abode in the highest region. But Brahmā is not satisfied; he further meditates and creates the human beings . This creation of human beings is endowed with all the three qualities—sattva, rajas and tamas.

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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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