Ganadevata, Gaṇadevatā, Gana-devata: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ganadevata in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Gaṇadevata (गणदेवत) refers to a group of deities invited to Dakṣa’s sacrifice, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, [...] Brahminical, Royal and celestial sages, kings, with their friends, ministers, armies etc, Vasus and other chief (pramukhya) Gaṇadevatas—all of them were invited by him in the sacrifice”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ganadevata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṇadevatā (गणदेवता).—(pl.) groups of deities who generally appear in classes of troops; Ak. thus classifies them :-आदित्यविश्ववसव- स्तुषिता भास्वरानिलाः । महाराजिकसाध्याश्च रुद्राश्च गणदेवताः (ādityaviśvavasava- stuṣitā bhāsvarānilāḥ | mahārājikasādhyāśca rudrāśca gaṇadevatāḥ) ||

Derivable forms: gaṇadevatāḥ (गणदेवताः).

Gaṇadevatā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṇa and devatā (देवता).

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

Gaṇadevatā (गणदेवता).—f.

(-tā) A deity of a class, as an Aditya a Vasu, a Rudra, &c. E. gaṇa, and devatā a divinity.

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

Gaṇadevatā (गणदेवता):—[=gaṇa-devatā] [from gaṇa > gaṇ] f. [plural] troops of deities who generally appear in classes (Ādityas, Viśvas, Vasus, Tuṣitas, Ābhāsvaras, Anilas, Mahārājikas, Sādhyas, and Rudras), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Gaṇadevatā (गणदेवता):—[gaṇa-devatā] (tā) 1. f. One of a set of gods, as an Aditya, &c.

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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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