Dvāradevatā

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Dvaradevata, DvAradevatA, Dvaaradevataa


Dvāradevatā literally means ‘door-goddess’.

Along with the dikpālas or dikpālakas,[1] 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:

  1. Padmā
  2. Bhāratī
  3. Durgā
  4. Manobhavā
  5. Vasantā
  6. Gaṅgā
  7. Vīra-vighneśa
  8. Dhātā


References

  1. Dikpālakas are the guardian deities of directions.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore