lokapāla लोकपाल

Definition: m. a world-protector, guardian of the world, regent of a quarter of the world (the loka-pāla-s are sometimes regarded as the guardian deities of different orders of beings, but more commonly of the four cardinal and four intermediate points of the world, viz. according to to , 1. indra-, of the East;2. agni-, of South-east;3. yama-, of South;4. sūrya-, of South-west;5. varuṇa-, of West;6. pavana- or vāyu-, of North-west;7. kubera-, of North;8. soma- or candra- of North-east;others substitute nir-ṛti- for 4 and īśānī- or pṛthivī- for 8;according to the Buddhists enumerate 4 or 8 or 10 or 14 loka-pāla-s) etc.

Dictionary: Monier-Williams
Literary Sources: Mn. v , 96, Dharmas., S3Br.
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