Version: 0.9
Release Date: Śrāvaṇa-Śuddha-Ekādaśī, Krodhi, Kali-gatābda 5125 (August 16, 2024 CE)
NOTE: The table below provides a summary of Tāratamya, the hierarchy according to the Tattvavāda tradition. Numbers in column 1 refer to the kakṣyās (the level/band). The corresponding devatās are mentioned in column 2, and all those mentioned in one kakṣyā are roughly equal to each other. Numbers in column 3 refer to the proportion by which the devatās in a given kakṣyā are inferior to those in the previous kakṣyā.
Kakṣyā | Devatā/s | Gap |
---|---|---|
1 | Viṣṇu | NA |
2 | Lakṣmī | ∞ guṇas |
3 | Brahman, Vāyu^{[1]} | 1,00,00,000 |
4 | Sarasvatī, Bhāratī | 100 |
5 | Garuḍa, Śeṣa, Śiva | 100 |
6 | The six consorts of Kṛṣṇa (namely, Jāmbavatī^{[2]}, Nīlā, Bhadrā, Mitravindā, Kālindī and Lakṣaṇā) | 5 |
7 | Suparnī, Vāruṇī and Pārvatī | 2 |
8 | Indra and Kāmā | 10 |
9 | Ahaṅkārika Prāṇa | 10 |
10 | Aniruddha, Rati, Svāyambhuva Manu, Bṛhaspati, Dakṣa, and Śacī | 10 |
11 | Pravaha Vāyu | 5 |
12 | Yama, Śatarūpā, Candra and Sūrya | 2 |
13 | Varuṇa | |
14 | Nārada | |
15 | Bhṛgu, Vahni and Prasūti | |
16 | Viśvāmitra, the seven sons of Brahman^{[3]}, and Vaivasvata Manu | |
17 | Mitra, Tārā, Nirṛti and Prāvahī | |
18 | Viṣvaksena, the two Aśvinīs, Gaṇapati, Kubera and eighty-six śeṣa-śatastha-devatās viz., seven Vasus^{[4]}, ten Rudras^{[5]}, six Ādityas^{[6]}, forty seven Maruts^{[7]}, ten Viśvedevas^{[8]}, three Pitṛs, Ṛbhu-devatās, deity of Dyu and deity of Bhūmi.^{[9]} | |
19 | Pāvaka, Ucathya, Cyavana, eleven Manus^{[10]}, seven Pitṛs, Karmaja Devatas, one hundred Rājaṛsis^{[11]}, seven future Indras^{[12]}, eight Gandharvas etc. | |
20 | Gaṅgā, Parjanya, Sañjñā, Rohiṇī, Śyāmalā and Uṣā (aka, Virāṭ, the consort of Aniruddha) | |
21 | Unknown devatās | |
22 | Svāhā (the consort of Vahni) | |
23 | Budha | |
24 | Uṣas (the consort of Aśvinīs) | |
25 | Śani | |
26 | Puṣkara (the deity of deeds) | |
27 | Unnamed Ājāna-devatās, 16100 Agniputras, 100 Gandharvas, 100 Apsarasas, 99,99,99,900 Ṛsis etc. | |
28 | Cirapitṛs | |
29 | Devagandharvas except the 108 counted earlier | |
30 | Manuṣya-gandharvas | |
31 | Cakravartins | |
32 | Manuṣyottamas |
Vāyu becomes Brahman in the next kalpa. ↩︎
The Lord’s affection for Jāmbavatī surpasses that for His other consorts, owing to a greater presense of Lakṣmī in her. ↩︎
They are the early Saptarṣis – namely, Marīci, Atri, Aṅgīras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu and Vasiṣṭha. ↩︎
There are eight Vasus in total – Droṇa, Prāṇa, Dhruva, Arka, Vahni, Doṣa, Vastu and Vibhāvasu (aka Dyu). Among them, Vahni is at level 15. The remaining seven belong to this group. ↩︎
There are eleven Rudras in total – Raivata, Aja, Bhava (aka Śiva), Bhīma, Vāma, Ugra, Vṛṣākapi, Ajaikapāt, Ahirbudhni, Virūpākṣa and Mahān. Among them, Bhava is at level 5. The remaining ten belong to this group. ↩︎
There are twelve Ādityas in total – Vivasvat, Aryaman, Pūṣā, Tvaṣṭṛ, Savitṛ, Bhaga, Dhātṛ, Parjanya, Varuṇa, Mitra, Śakra (aka Indra) and Urukrama (aka Nārāyaṇa). Among them, Vivasvat is at level 12, Śakra at 8, Varuṇa at 14, Mitra at 17, Parjanya at 20, and Urukrama at 1. The remaining six belong to this group. ↩︎
There are forty nine Maruts in total – Prāṇa, Apāna, Vyāna, Udāna, Samāna, Nāga, Kūrma, Kṛkala, Devadatta, Dhanañjaya, Pravaha, Vivaha, Śaṃyu, Saṃvaha, Parāvaha, Udvaha, Āvaha, Śaṅku, Kala, Śvāsa, Anala, Anila, Pratibha, Kumuda, Kānta, Śuci, Śveta, Ajita, Guru, Sañjña, Saṃvartaka, Kāla, Jita (or Dakṣa or Datta), Saumya, Kapi, Jaḍa, Maṇḍūka, Santata, Siddha, Rakta, Kṛṣṇa, Pika, Śuka, Yati, Bhīma, Hanu, Piñga, Ahamprāṇa and Kampana. Among them, Ahamprāṇa is at level 9, and Pravaha is at level 11. The remaining forty seven belong to this group. ↩︎
The ten Viśvedevas are Kratu, Dakṣa, Vasu, Satya, Kāma, Kāla, Dhuri, Locana, Purūravas and Ārdrava. ↩︎
The other fourteen devatās who are part of śatastha-devatā community are Mukhyaprāṇa, Bṛhaspati, two Aśvinīs, Vahni, Śiva, Viṣṇu, Indra, Sūrya, Varuṇa, Mitra, Parjanya, Ahamprāṇa and Pravaha. Some commentators do not count Mukhyaprāṇa and Urukrama among śatastha-devatās and instead count Ṛbhu as three. Some others include Bṛhaspati, but exclude Mukhyaprāṇa. ↩︎
There are fourtheen Manus in total in that order – (1) Svāyambhuva, (2) Svārociṣa, (3) Uttama, (4) Tāpasa, (5) Raivata, (6) Cākṣuṣa, (7) Vaivasvata, (8) Sāvarṇi, (9) Dakṣasāvarṇi, (10) Brahmasāvarṇi, (11) Dharmasāvarṇi, (12) Rudrasāvarṇi, (13) Devasāvarṇi and (14) Indrasāvarṇi. Among them, Svāyambhuva is at level 10, Tāpasa is at level 1 and Vaivasvata is at level 16. Hence, the remaining eleven Manus are counted here. ↩︎
These include Kārtavīrya Arjuna, Pṛthu, Śaśabindu, Priyavrata, Bharata, Kakutstha, Gaya, Bharata, Māndhātṛ among others. ↩︎
The seven future Indras in that order are – Bali, Adbhuta, Śambhu, Vidhṛta, Ṛtadhāman, Divaspati and Śuci. ↩︎