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deva

In early Indian mythology the devas were semi-gods responsible for natural phenomena. Among its many meanings: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon mwd) deva mf({i})n. (fr. 3. {div}) heavenly , divine (also said of terrestrial things of high excellence) (superl. m. {deva-tama} f. {devi-tamA} m. (according to Pan2. 3-3 , 120 {deva}) a deity , god (rarely applied to) evil demons AV. iii , 15 , 5 TS. iii , 5 , 4 , 1 ; (pl. the gods as the heavenly or shining ones vizve@devAs} , all the gods R or a partic. class of deities [see under {vizva}] , often reckoned as 33 , either 11 for each of the 3 worlds [cf. {tri-daza}] , or 8 Vasus , 11 Rudras , and 12 A1dityas [to which the 2 Asvins must be added] cf. also DivyA with Jainas 4 classes , viz. %{bhavanAdhIza} , {vyantara} , {jyotiSka} , and {vaimAnika} organ of sense etc.
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