Durgapuja, Durgāpūjā, Durga-puja: 6 definitions

Introduction

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Durgapuja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Durgāpūjā (दुर्गापूजा) is the name of a ceremony performed by the king of a country according to the Uttara-Kāmikāgama.—During the Durgāpūjā ceremony, the king had to worship his ancestors and then the royal insignia and finally feed the remnants of worship to the royal elephant, which is said to assure victory for the kingdom.

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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)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Durgāpūjā (दुर्गापूजा).—See under Navarātri.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Academia.edu: The Rite of Durgā in Medieval Bengal

The autumnal Durgā Pūjā, the ten-lunar-day worship of the goddess Durgā, also known as Caṇḍī or Caṇḍīkā, is one of the most important festivals in East India and Nepal. Throughout villages and cities in Bengal, Orissa, Assam and the Kathmandu Valley the occasion is marked by pomp and circumstance. In Bengal especially, this worship is a reflection of a culture that has given goddesses a privileged position over male deities from at least the time of the Pālas.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Durgāpūjā (दुर्गापूजा).—[feminine] the festival in honour of the goddess Durga.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Durgāpūjā (दुर्गापूजा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Oudh. Xvii, 98. Taylor. 1, 28.
—from Mārkaṇḍeyapurāṇa. Paris. (B 133).

2) Durgāpūjā (दुर्गापूजा):—from the Balinārāyaṇīya. Hpr. 1, 170.

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

1) Durgāpūjā (दुर्गापूजा):—[=durgā-pūjā] [from durgā > dur] f. the chief festival in honour of D°, held in Bengal in the month Aśvin or about October, [Religious Thought and Life in India 197, 431]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a [chapter] of the [Purāṇa-sarvasva]

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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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