Devatavahana, Devata-avahana, Devatāvāhana: 2 definitions


Devatavahana means something in 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

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

[«previous next»] — Devatavahana in Pancaratra glossary
Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Devatāvāhana (देवतावाहन) refers to the “invocation of gods (for mahotsava proceedings)”, as discussed in chapter 16 (Kriyākāṇḍa) of the Pārameśvarasaṃhitā: an important Pāñcarātra text of 8700 verses followed closely by the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam—dealing with priestly concerns such as their daily routines, occasional liturgies and expiatory services.—Description of the chapter [devatāvāhana-anta-vidhāna]: [...] The festive-rites begin in earnest as the āvāhana-invocations to the various Gods [e.g., devatāvāhana] for their presence at the festivities are made; these are accompanied by the ritual beating of drums to certain specified rhythms which vary according to the different gods invoked at the different directions (465-538). [...]

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

dēvatāvāhana (देवतावाहन).—n S Summoning the numen or divinity (into a new image or to preside at any solemnity).

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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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