Divya, aka: Divyā; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1a) Divya (दिव्य).—A son of Sātvata.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 6; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 1. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 1.

1b) A son of Uttama Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 39.

1c) A God of Sutāra group.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 89.

1d) A son of Kauśalyā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 1.

2a) Divyā (दिव्या).—A daughter of Hiraṇyakaśipu and wife of Bhṛgu, the first Prajāpati; son Śukra; had also a daughter.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 74-6. 88; Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 72.

2b) An Apsaras.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 7.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Divya (दिव्य) refers to the first group of the Pāñcarātra classifications of Vaiṣṇavāgamas: one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta.

The Divya Āgamas are:

  1. Sāttvatasaṃhitā,
  2. Pauṣkarasaṃhitā,
  3. Jayākhyasaṃhitā,
  4. Aniruddhasaṃhitā,
  5. Saṅkarṣaṇasaṃhitā,
  6. Hayagrīvasaṃhitā,
  7. Varāhasaṃhitā,
  8. Pradyumnasaṃhitā,
  9. Vāmanasaṃhitā,
  10. Nārāyaṇasaṃhitā,
  11. Vāsudevasaṃhitā.
Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Divyā (दिव्या) is another name for Vandhyākarkoṭakī, a medicinal plant identified with Momordica dioica (spiny gourd) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.61-63 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Divyā and Vandhyākarkoṭakī, there are a total of nineteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Divya (दिव्य, “celestial”).—According to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV), it is customary in India to call celestial (divya) anything that is beautiful. Even though the flowers of the manuṣya and amanuṣya do not come from the heavens, they can, nevertheless, be described as ‘celestial’ because of their beauty.

Divya or Divyacakṣus refers to one the “five eyes” (cakṣus) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 65).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geogprahy

Divya.—(IA 10; LP), an ordeal; same as parīkṣā. Note: divya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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

Pali-English dictionary

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divya : (adj.) divine; celestial. (see dibba).

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Divya, (Sk. divya; the verse-form for the prose-form dibba (q. v.)) (adj.) divine Sn.153 (cp. SnA 219 under divi°), 524 (+mānusaka); J.VI, 172.—(nt.) the divinity, a divine being (=devatā) J.VI, 150; SnA 219. (Page 323)

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

divya (दिव्य).—a (S) Divine. 2 Beautiful, charming, fine, splendid, superb, superlatively good. Used with great latitude.

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divya (दिव्य).—n (S) Ordeal. v kāḍha, ghē, kara. There are five great divisions, viz. tulā, agni, ap, viṣa, kōśa, each consisting of numerous particular forms. divya utaraṇēṃ in.con. To undergo an ordeal successfully. divya lāgaṇēṃ To take effect injuriously--an ordeal. divyāntūna or divyāsa utaraṇēṃ To come safe out of an ordeal, and, fig., a fiery trial or heavy affliction.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

divya (दिव्य).—a Divine. Beautiful, charming, or fine, splendid. n Ordeal. v kāḍha, ghē, kara. divya utaraṇēṃ To undergo an ordeal success- fully. divya lāgaṇēṃ To take effect injuri- ously-an ordeal.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Divya (दिव्य).—a. [divi bhavaḥ yat]

1) Divine, heavenly, celestial; दिव्यस्त्वं हि न मानुषः (divyastvaṃ hi na mānuṣaḥ) Mb.3.252.8.

2) Supernatural, wonderful; परदोषेक्षणदिव्यचक्षुषः (paradoṣekṣaṇadivyacakṣuṣaḥ) Śi.16.29; दिव्यं ददामि ते चक्षुः (divyaṃ dadāmi te cakṣuḥ) Bg.11.8.

3) Brilliant, splendid.

4) Charming, beautiful.

-vyaḥ 1 A superhuman or celestial being; दिव्यानामपि कृतविस्मयां पुरस्तात् (divyānāmapi kṛtavismayāṃ purastāt) Śi.8.64.

2) Barley.

3) An epithet of Yama.

4) A fragrant resin, bdellium.

5) A philosopher.

-vyam 1 Celestial nature, divinity.

2) The sky.

3) An ordeal (of which 1 kinds are enumerated); cf. Y.2.22,95.

4) An oath, a solemn declaration.

5) Cloves.

6) A kind of sandal.

7) A kind of water.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Divya (दिव्य).—mfn.

(-vyaḥ-vyā-vyaṃ) 1. Divine, celestial. 2. Beautiful, agreeable, charming. m.

(-vyaḥ) 1. Barley. 2. A fragrant resin, (Bdelliun.) 3. The divine character or property. f.

(-vyā) Emblic myrobalan. n.

(-vyaṃ) 1. Cloves. 2. A sort of Sandal. 3. An ordeal. 4. An oath. E. dyu the sky or heaven, and yat aff. divi bhavaḥ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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