Himavat (Sanskrit: हिमवत्, lit. frosty) or Himavant (Sanskrit: हिमावन्त, lit. icy) or Himavana (Sanskrit: हिमवान, lit. snowy) or Himaraja (Sanskrit: हिमराज, lit. king of snow) or Parvateshwara (Sanskrit: पर्वतेश्वर, lit. lord of mountains) is a personification of the Himalayan mountains, which are also known as the Himavat Mountains. He was the ruler of the Himalaya Kingdom of Ancient India, which finds mention in the epic Mahabharata.
The sacred text of Devi Gita, which is found in the last nine chapters (31-40) of the seventh skandha of Devi Bhagawatam, is a dialogue between Parvati and her father Himavat. It deals with the universal form of the Devi, meditations on the major texts of Upanishads, ashtanga-yoga, the yogas of jnana, karma and bhakti, locations of the temples dedicated to the Devi and the rituals pertaining to her worship.
- Wilkins, p. 287
- Kena Upanisad, III.11-IV.3, cited in Müller and in Sarma, pp. xxix-xxx.
- W. J. Wilkins (2003). Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 0486431568.
- Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dallapiccola.
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