Yogamaya, Yogamāyā, Yoga-maya: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Yogamāyā (योगमाया).—Ordered by Hari to transfer the dhāma of His in the womb of Devakī to that of Rohiṇī; she was to take birth as the daughter of Yaśodā and Nanda, at the same time he became Kṛṣṇa. She would be worshipped by all as Durgā, Bhadrakālī, Ambikā. She did as was commanded. Born of Yaśodā: taken to prison by Vasudeva leaving Devakī's babe at Yaśodā's bed. Dashed against a rock by Kaṃsa, she predicted that soon a baby born already would kill him (See Viṣṇumāyā).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 2. 6-15; 3. 45[1]-53; 4. 7-13, 29.
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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)

Source: Isvara Samhita Vol 1

Yogamāyā (योगमाया) refers to “miraculous power”, acquired by practising yoga. Śrī mentions that she came to be called as Yogamāyā, that she joins things together which are hard for others. Therefore she is called Yoga and also as Yogamāyā. She is raised to the status of a deity. Kṛṣṇa asked Yogamāyā to take the token from the womb of Devakī and put it within that of Rohiṇī.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Yogamāyā (योगमाया) refers to “the internal potency of Bhagavān that arranges and enhances all His pastimes”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Yogamāyā (योगमाया) refers to:—The internal potency of the Supreme Lord that engages in arranging and enhancing all His pastimes. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yōgamāyā (योगमाया).—f S Maya or illusion. See explained under māyā & brahma.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yogamāyā (योगमाया).—

1) the magical power of the Yoga.

2) the power of God in the creation of the world personified as a deity; (bhagavataḥ sarjanārthā śaktiḥ); नाहं प्रकाशः सर्वस्य योगमायासमावृतः (nāhaṃ prakāśaḥ sarvasya yogamāyāsamāvṛtaḥ) Bg.7.25.

3) Name of Durgā.

Yogamāyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yoga and māyā (माया).

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

Yogamāyā (योगमाया).—f.

(-yā) 1. The personified power of god in the creation of the world. 2. Durga.

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

Yogamāyā (योगमाया).—[feminine] magic, charm, spell.

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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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