By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Dvaradevata, DvAradevatA, Dvaaradevataa
Dvāradevatā literally means ‘door-goddess’.
Along with the dikpālas or dikpālakas, the tāntrik works like the Śrīvidyārnavatantra mention fifteen dvāradevatās or gods and goddesses guarding doors and doorways. They guard the doors of the temples of Mother-goddess. Some of them are:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore