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Devika, aka: Devikā; 2 Definition(s)


Devika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism


Devikā (देविका).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountains (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1a) Devikā (देविका).—A R. from the Himālayas;1 in the chariot of Tripurāri.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 25; Matsya-purāṇa 22. 20; 114. 21; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 96; 109. 17; 112. 30.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 133. 24.

1b) A sacred Tīrtha, where there is a well by name Vṛṣa;1 on her banks was Vīranagara.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13. 41; Vāyu-purāṇa 77. 41.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 15. 6.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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