Devikota, Devīkoṭa, Devi-kota: 14 definitions


Devikota means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

1) Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट):—The name for a ‘sacred site’ associated with the group of eight deities (mātṛ) born from Khecarī, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra. Khecarī is the first of the Eight Mahāmātṛs, residing within the Mātṛcakra (third of the five cakras) and represents the element ether or space.

2) Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट):—Another name for Śrīkoṭa, one of the twenty-four pītha (‘sacred sites’) of the Sūryamaṇḍala according to the kubjikāmata-tantra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) is the sacred region (pīṭha) associated with Olinātha, who was one of the twelve princes born to Kuṃkumā, consort to Mīnanātha, who is the incarnation of Siddhanātha in the fourth yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas. Olinātha was one of the six princes having the authority to teach.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Devikota in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Devikoṭa (देविकोट).—Sacred to Lalitā-pīṭham.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 96.
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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) Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) [=Devīkoṭṭa] is the name of a sacred site, and one of the places visited by the Goddess on her pilgrimage, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[The Goddess] went to Devīkoṭa, (arriving there) in a moment, and with a powerful look (āloka) (it became a sacred site. Then she went to) Aṭṭahāsa, (so called) because she laughed (there) loudly. (Then she went to) Kolāgiri, Ujjenī, Prayāga, Varṇā (i.e. Vārāṇasī), Viraja, Ekāmra and other (places) and (then on to) another universe”.

2) Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) is the name of a sacred place identified with the Mātṛkā named Mahālakṣmī, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—According to the Kubjikā Tantras, the eight major Kaula sacred sites each have a house occupied by a woman of low caste who is identified with a Mother (Mātṛkā).—[...] Devīkoṭa is identified with (a) the class of outcaste woman (antyajā) [or bone fisherwoman (dhīvarī)], (b) the Mātṛkā or ‘mother’ named Mahālakṣmī, and (c) with the location of the teacher’s mouth.

Note: The Kumārikākhaṇḍa calls this place, as does Kubjikāmatatantra (25/94), by its alternative name, that is, Koṭivarṣa.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) is the name of a sacred site (pīṭha) presided over by Laṅkeśvarī, according to the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala. She is also known as Devīkoṭṭa. Laṅkeśvarī is a deity situated in one of the six petals of the northern lotus, of which the presiding deity is kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Locanā. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.

Devīkoṭa is one of the twenty-four pīṭhas, or ‘sacred-site’ (six lotuses each having six petals), each corresponding with a part of the human body. Devīkoṭa is to be contemplated as situated in the eyes. Besides being associated with a bodily spot, each pīṭha represents an actual place of ancient India frequented particularly by advanced tantric practitioners

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

1) Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) is one of the four Upapīthas (‘sacred spot’) present within the Cittacakra (‘circle of mid’) which is associated with the Ḍākinī named Khecarī (‘a woman going in the sky’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. Cittacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts (viz., Devīkoṭa) resided over by twenty-four ‘sacred girls’ (ḍākinīs) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Devīkoṭa has the presiding Ḍākinī named Laṅkeśvarī whose husband, or hero (vīra) is named Vajraprabha. The associated internal location are the ‘eyes’ and the bodily ingredients (dhātu) is the ‘liver’. According to the Vajraḍākavivṛti, the districts Himagiri, Kāñcī, Devīkoṭa and Rāmeśvara are associated with the family deity of Saṃcālinī; while in the Abhidhānottarottaratantra there is the Ḍāka deity named Buddhaḍāka standing in the center of the districts named Godāvarī, Devīkoṭa, Rāmeśvara and Mālava (Pañcāla).

2) Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) refers to one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). These districts are not divided into subgroups, nor are explained their internal locations. They [viz., Devīkoṭa] are external holy places, where the Tantric meting is held with native women who are identified as a native goddess. A similar system appears in the tradition of Hindu Tantrims, i.e., in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22), which belongs to the Śākta sect or Śaivism.

Devīkoṭa is presided over by the Goddess (Devī) named Karṇamoṭī accompanied by the Field-protector (Kṣetrapāla) named Hetuka. Their weapon possibly corresponds to the śūla and their abode (residence) is mentioned as being the vaṭa-tree. Devīkoṭa is also mentioned in the Saṃpuṭatantra as being associated with the vaṭa-tree.

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) is the pīṭha associated with Laṅkeśvarī and Vajraprabha, according to the Cakrasaṃvara-maṇḍala or Saṃvaramaṇḍala of Abhayākaragupta’s Niṣpannayogāvalī, p. 45 and n. 145; (Cf. Cakrasaṃvaratantra, Gray, David B., 2007).—The Cakrasaṃvara mandala has a total of sixty-two deities. [...] Three concentric circles going outward, the body, speech and mind wheels (kāya-vāka-citta), in the order: mind (blue), speech (red), and body (white), with eight Ḍākinīs each in non-dual union with their Ḍākas, "male consorts".

Associated elements of Laṅkeśvarī and Vajraprabha:

Circle: kāyacakra (mind-wheel) (blue);
Ḍākinī (female consort): Laṅkeśvarī;
Ḍāka (male consort): Vajraprabha;
Bīja: deṃ;
Body-part: eyes;
Pīṭha: Devīkoṭa;
Bodily constituent: bukka (kidneys);
Bodhipakṣa (wings of enlightenment): smṛtīndriya (faculty of mindfulness).

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Devikoṭa (देविकोट) is the name of Upapīṭha (category of holy sites), according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: “Now, [the Blessed One] has taught [holy sites] such as the pīṭha and upapīṭha in sequence. (1) The pīṭha [sites] are Pūrṇagiri, Jālandhara, and Oḍyāyana. Arbuda is likewise the pīṭha. (2) With Godāvarī, the upapīṭha [sites] are Rāmeśvara and Devikoṭa (for Devīkoṭa). Mālava is also the upapīṭha . [...] Girls who are in these places are of [the nature of] the innate, born in their own birthplaces. [...]”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions (jainism)

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) is a synonym of Koṭivarṣa according to both Hemacandra (Abhidānacintāmaṇi 390) and Puruṣottama (Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 32). Koṭivarṣa is a viṣaya mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions that seems to have comprised the southern part of the Dinajpur district. Diw-koṭa or Devīkoṭa (wrongly read as Dihikota in the A-In-i-Akbarī) was a mahal under the Sarkar of Lakhnautī (Lakṣaṇavatī).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट) or Devakoṭa (also Diw-kot) refers to the ancient headquarters of Koṭivarṣa: a place-name classified as a viṣaya and mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Koṭivarṣa has been described as a viṣaya under Puṇḍravardhana-bhukti.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट).—

1) the city of Bāṇa (śoṇitapura).

2) Devikotta (on the Coromandal coast).

Derivable forms: devīkoṭaḥ (देवीकोटः).

Devīkoṭa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms devī and koṭa (कोट).

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

Devīkoṭa (देवीकोट):—[=devī-koṭa] [from devī > deva] n. ‘Durgā’s stronghold’, Name of a town ([probably] Devicotta on the Coromandel coast, south-east of Chidambaram), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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