Devasthanam is the website of the Sanskrit Religions Institute. Our
goal is to present information on Hindu culture that is both
scholarly and religious.
The expression deva-sthanam has two meanings. The term deva, as an adjective, means divine. As a noun it means God. The word sthanam means “a fit or proper place.”
Thus deva-sthanam means both “the
divine place” and “the residence of God.”
The symbol indicates
“beauty, grace, and splendor. It also refers to
the Goddess of wealth, Laksmidevi. Transliterated
it appears as Sri. Thus the name of this web site
is Sri Devasthanam.
The verse that we have placed at the bottom of
our home page is taken from the Kenopanisad 4.4.
yad etad vidyuto vyadyutad a3 itinnyamimisad a3 ity adhidaivatam
“ Here is a teaching: the flash in the lightning that causes one to blink
and say, “Ah!”
– that Ah is the Divinity.”