Deveshi, Deva-isi, Deveśī, Devisi, Deva-ishi: 6 definitions


Deveshi 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.

The Sanskrit term Deveśī can be transliterated into English as Devesi or Deveshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Deveśī (देवेशी) refers to the “Goddess of the Devas”, and represents an epithet of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O Brahmin, best of my sons, listen attentively to what I did when the lord Viṣṇu went away. I began a continuous laudatory prayer of the Goddess Durgā, [...] O Goddess of the Devas (Deveśī), you are Perfect knowledge, Supreme Bliss, identical with the supreme Soul. Be pleased. Grant me the fulfilment of my task. Obeisance to you”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Deveśī (देवेशी).—Lalitā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 14. 1.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Deveśī (देवेशी) (also, Sureśvari) refers to the “mistress of the gods”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Śrīkaṇṭha said to the Goddess: “Having abandoned this Vaiṣṇavī Māyā, reveal (your) essential nature. Tell me the Kula liturgy and (give me) the Kaulika consecration. O mistress of the gods [i.e., deveśī], you are my saviour. There is no other (true) Vidyā at all. (I am) devoid of the Command and have fallen from (my) austerities. O mistress of the gods, tell (me) the knowledge (that will liberate me)”.

2) Deveśī (देवेशी) refers to one of the eight Goddesses (parā-ṣaṭka) associated with Nādapīṭha (identified with Kulūta), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—[...] The six Goddesses (parāṣaṭka): Nādāvvā, Parameśvarī, Vijayā, Deveśī, Kulasundarikā, Ḍāmarī

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

devisi : (m.) a divine seer.

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

Devisi refers to: a divine Seer Sn.1116; Nd2 310;

Note: devisi is a Pali compound consisting of the words deva and isi.

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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

Deveśī (देवेशी):—[from deveśa > deva] f. Name of Durgā or of Devakī, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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