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Naradeva, 4 Definition(s)


Naradeva means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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


1a) Naradeva (नरदेव).—(Rāma)—the eighteenth, out of the avatārs of Viṣṇu; did heroic deeds, subduing the sea and so on.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 22.

1b) A Vānara chief.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 243.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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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.

In Buddhism

Mahāsāṃghika (school of early Buddhism)

Naradeva (नरदेव) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Naradeva is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

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The Mahāsāṃghika (महासांघिक, mahasanghika) is an early school of Buddhism which split into three sub-schools: the Lokottaravāda, the Ekavyāvahārika and the Kukkuṭika. It is commonly seen as an important foundation for the development of Mahāyāna Buddhism.


naradeva : (m.) a king.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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.

General definition (in Buddhism)

1. Naradeva

A yakkha who, once a fortnight, took possession of Kavinda and made him bark like a dog. When this happened Kavindas son shut him up indoors. J.vi.383,387.

2. Naradeva

A man eating yakkha who lived in a lake near Khemavati. The Buddha Kakusandha visited him and converted him. Bu.xxiii.5ff.; BuA.210f.

3. Naradeva

A yakkha, who went about from city to city, killing the kings and taking possession of their harems. When his identity was discovered by the women, he would eat them and go elsewhere. When he came to the city of Sunanda, the Buddha Kassapa preached to him and converted him. Bu.xxv.7ff.; BuA.219.

4. Naradeva

The last of the descendants of Bhaddadeva who reigned in Kannagoccha. Seven of his descendants reigned in Rojanagara. Dpv.iii.27.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

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