Vidyadhideva, Vidyādhideva, Vidya-adhideva: 2 definitions


Vidyadhideva 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

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 1

Vidyādhideva (विद्याधिदेव) refers to one of the various Vibhava manifestations according to the Īśvarasaṃhitā 24.214-215.—Accordingly, “O Lord! one shall think of the Vidyādhideva; having four faces, four hands, a hanging beard wearing matted hair, having staff gourd and rosary garland, shinning like a blossomed red lotus, having a white lotus in the hand and uttering the Vedas like Ṛg and others with His mouth.”.

These Vibhavas (e.g., Vidyādhideva) represent the third of the five-fold manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness the Pāñcarātrins believe in.

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Vidyādhideva (विद्याधिदेव) is the name of a Deity whose contemplative methods are described in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Īśvarasaṃhitā (printed edition), a Pāñcarātra work in 8200 verses and 24 chapters dealing with topics such as routines of temple worship, major and minor festivals, temple-building and initiation.—Description of the chapter [mudrā-lakṣaṇa-bhagavaddhyāna-ādi-prakāra]: [...] The remainder of the chapter is devoted to descriptive passages relating to various deities which descriptions may act as guides to facilitate concentration [dhyāna] on these divinities: Ādiśeṣa (195-199), Śaktīśa (200-210), Madhusūdana (211-213), Vidyādhideva (214-215), Kapila (216-218), Viśvarūpa (219-231), Haṃsamūrti (232-237), Vāsudeva (238-243), Vājivaktra (244-256), Kūrma (257-264), Narasiṃha (265-271). A particularly elaborate description is given of Śriyaḥpati (272-333), followed by a shorter description of Nārāyaṇa (334-349).

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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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