Hinduism

Hindu Gods and Deities

Hinduism is a way of life and is one of the oldest surviving religion and culture, in the world. Unlike other major religions of The World, Hinduism does not have a founder. With high religious tolerance, Hindu tradition embraces and respects all other religions equally. The Hindus religion also known as Sanatan Dharma is dynamic with its unique ability to assimilate rather than oppose other religions, faiths and philosophies. The ancient religions of India Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism have never differentiated between the soul of a human being and the soul of an Animal. All life forms are subject to the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

This is a very beautiful characteristic of the Hindu tradition to believe in all religion as Hindu believes in - One supreme power (Oneness of God) in the world. As we believe this Supreme Power – is God, and is known by different names around the world in different religions.

For example there is only one Sun that everybody can see in the sky—But the same Sun, is known by different names in different languages and cultures , throughout the world. Sun is called Surya in India in Hindi language, Zon in Dutch language, Soleil in French, Taiyou in Japanese, Shemesh in Hebrew , Shams in Arabic, Sonne in German, Solnce in Russian etc. etc. All these different names for the Sun do not mean that there is different Sun for different people or different religions, but as you know there is only one sun in the sky and is known by different names around the world…!

Hinduism simply believes "The Jesus of Christianity and the Allah of Islam is as same as the Iswar of Hindus". So there is only one supreme divine power in the world (GOD), known by different names in different religions…!

The basis of Hinduism rests in recognizing the Cosmic Power (Param Braham) - the supreme soul of the universe. It is self existent, absolute and eternal. All things emanate from it and all thing return to it. Since early human was dependent on nature, the elements like water, air, earth, fire, sky, moon, sun and many others became the first objects of veneration. Anything that had a vital influence on one’s life was an object of veneration. But as civilizations developed and progressed, the gods started assuming human forms. But at the Hindu philosophy is one omnipresent Cosmic Power, the Braham has been divided into three phases of existence - Creation, Preservation and Destruction. Everything in our universe has to pass through these phases, whether a star, microbe, animal, plant or a human being.

Everything has been created by the Supreme Being, comes from the Supreme Being and returns to the Supreme Being. Everything has a beginning and an end This is a universal law and nothing can change it.

Simply to remember GOD stands for the Supreme Cosmic power, G-Generator, O-Operator, D-Destroyer.

There are around 330 million Gods, demigods, deities, in Hindu belief. The three principal deities in Hinduism known as the Trinity of Hindu Gods, Brahma; the creator of universe, Vishnu; the preserver of the universe and Shiva ;the destroyer of the universe, so that life could be regenerated. The Hindu Gods have over ages taken birth (incarnation) in human form, whenever the need arose and when evil superseded good.

Lord Ganesha - the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (Shakti) - with the head of an elephant - represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success and good luck in human life. For this reason, Hindus worship Ganesha first, before beginning any religious, spiritual or worldly activity.

In Hindu belief a man is incomplete without the involvement of woman in his life. Most of the Hindu gods are hence seen with their consorts, to reinstate this belief and their consorts are known as Devis. In the Hindu Scriptures, the "Devi" has always acquired a prominent position. Hindu religion has a vast range of Goddesses, who symbolize different aspects of nature and qualities. The feminine aspect of the divine is most pronounced in Hinduism, with female deities being worshipped in large numbers across India and beyond.

The supreme divine being in Hinduism is believed to be the "Shakti", from whom nine forms of the female divine emerged. The worship of the different forms of Shakti is the most common way of praying to the female divine. For the Indian woman, Shaktism has in fact become a symbol of the strength a woman enjoys.

Goddess Lakshmi is hailed as the goddess of wealth, Goddess Saraswati as the goddess of learning and Goddess Kali as the destroyer. The goddesses in Hinduism have always earned the place of a mother and are hailed as the 'Mother of the Universe'.

Hindu Gods

Popular Hindu Gods and Deities

Brahma The Creator of Universe

Brahma The Creator of Universe

Brahma is believed to be self-born out of a lotus flower which grew from the navel of Lord Vishnu (the preserver of the universe). In order to help him create the universe...

Vishnu The Preserver of the Universe

Vishnu The Preserver of the Universe

As compared to Brahma,Lord Vishnu has countless temples. Lives under the Oceans and is also known as Narayana and Hari Vishnu is often depicted as reclining on a Sheshanaga...

Shiva The Destroyer of The Universe

Shiva The Destroyer of The Universe

Shiva also known as Mahadeva ("Great God"). He is a destroyer and he is the reproductive power that continuously restores what has been destroyed. Shiva is the most...

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu religion. Lord Ganesha - the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parbati...

Lord Rama

Lord Rama

Also called Sri Rama is believed to be the seventh incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu. Rama is also the hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana, which narrates...

Lord Krishna

Lord Krishna

The 8th incarnation of Vishnu is easily recognized by his representations and holds a popular place in the heart of millions of people not only Hindus from India but from...

Lord Hanuman

Lord Hanuman

The son of the Wind God, in the western culture people even call him the Monkey God, as he is having the face of a monkey with the body of a human with a tail at the...

Goddess Kali

Goddess Kali

The Hindu Goddess associated with empowerment, Shakti ( power / cosmic energy). She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga (Parvati / Shakti). The name Kali ...

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