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Hindu Gods & Goddesses

Articles and Resources on various Hindu gods and goddesses - Ganesha, Shiva, Krishna, Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Jagannath, Hunuman... and more
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  3. Lord Ganesha (17)
  4. Lord Hanuman (8)
  5. Lord Krishna (16)
  6. Lord Shiva (27)

Lord Ayyappa
Lord Ayyappa is a popular Hindu deity worshiped in many temples in South India. Ayyappa is believed to be born out of the union between Lord Shiva and the mythical enchantress Mohini, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

108 Names of Lord Rama
Lord Rama is known by a multitude of names - that reflect the many facets of his luminous persona. Here are 108 names of Lord Rama with brief meanings.

Agni: The Fire God of the Hindus
Agni is the God of Fire in Hinduism. Read about the many hues and powers of this mighty deity and why he is worshiped.

Ganga - Goddess of the Holy Ganges
The River Ganges or Ganga is perhaps the holiest river in any religion. Besides being a sacred river, Ganga is also worshiped a deity in Hinduism and respectfully referred to as ‘Gangaji’ or ‘Ganga Maiya’ (Mother Ganga). Why is the Ganges regarded as holy? Find out...

Lord Rama - The Ideal Avatar
Lord Rama, the most perfect avatar of God is at once the ideal son, the ideal husband, and the ideal king. A look at the life and exploits of Rama, or Shri Ramji, as he is respectfully called.

Brahma: God of Creation
Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings, as depicted in Hindu cosmology. In Hinduism, the whole creation is seen as the dynamic game of the Trinity of Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Here we talk about Brahma and the many facets of his divine energy.

Navadurga: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Vishwakarma - Lord of Architecture
Lord Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all architects. He is the official builder of all the gods' palaces, and the designer of all celestial vehicles and weapons. A look at this divine draftsman of Hindu mythology and some cities he built.

Top 10 Hindu Deities
The most fundamental of Hindu deities, is the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But many other gods such as Ganesha, Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, and goddesses like Lakshmi, Durga, Kali and Saraswati top the popularity chart with Hindus.

An Introduction to Hindu Deities
Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute called Brahman but does not advocate the worship of any one particular deity. A brief introduction to the Hindu universe of gods and goddesses.

The Brahman of the Vedas
Brahman - the Hindu concept of the Absolute is exclusive to Hinduism, and to call it 'God' is imprecise. It is neither the 'old man in the sky' concept, nor the idea of something capable of being vengeful or fearful. Then what or who is Brahman? Dr Frank Morales explains.

Too Many Gods! Too Much Confusion
It's easy to misinterpret the fact that Hinduism has a multitude of Gods! Hindu deities amount to thousands, all representing the many aspects of only one supreme Absolute called "Brahman". Let us try to understand the concept of Gods in Hinduism.

Tagore on God: A Dozen Quotes
A dozen quotable quotes on God & religion by Rabindranath Tagore - the well-known Hindu poet and Nobel laureate - taken from his various works...

Sri Ramakrishna on God: 10 Quotes
10 famous quotations from Sri Ramakrishna's writings that tell you about God and how to find him...

Top 6 Amar Chitra Katha Picture Storybooks
Amar Chitra Katha comic books have handed over the myths and legends of India to our generation in the most interesting and easy to read formats as possible. These beautifully illustrated stories in pictures are a household name in India with more than 400 titles in 20+ languages published and sold worldwide. Chosen from among numerous timeless classics, here are some of the best-selling children…

Brahma: God of Creation
In the Hindu tradition, the whole creation is the dynamic game of three fundamental forces symbolized by the Trinity of Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Here we talk about Brahma, the creator of the universe, and the many facets of his divine energy.

Shani Dev
Shani Dev is one of the most popular deities that the Hindus pray to ward off evil and remove obstacles. They are under fear of evil from his planet - Saturn. Anyone born under his influence is believed to at risk. How to appease Shani? Find out...

Lord Vishnu
The lord of peace and truth, Vishnu is the ‘Preserver’ form of the Hindu Trinity. His many avatars have been known to born on this earth to restore peace and order – the most popular being Lord Krishna and Rama.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
Read about the 10 avatars of Vishnu – various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

Lord Kartikeya
Kartikeya, the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is a war god. The symbolism of Kartikeya points to the ways and means of reaching perfection in life.

Lord Rama
About Rama, the perfect avatar, who is at once the ideal son, the ideal husband, and the ideal king.

Lord Jagannath
About Lord Jagannath, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, and the Lord of Puri.

Lord Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all architects. He is the official builder of all the gods' palaces, and the designer of all celestial vehicles and weapons.

Have You Seen God?
The boldness of Hinduism is that it emphasises the direct perception of Truth as the goal of human life. An article from your Guide.

Who is God?
Swami Sivananda was able to convince even a confirmed atheist of the existence of God. In this article, he answers the complex question - "who is god?" in his simple, lucid style.

Vehicles of the Gods
Hindu deities have particular vehicles or 'vahana' on which they travel. Read about the vehicles of the gods and goddesses and what they represent.

Top 3 Hindu Gods & Goddess Calendar 2008
Hindus worship many different deities. As Sri Ramakrishna, the great Hindu sage said, "There can be as many spiritual paths as there are spiritual aspirants, and as many gods as there are devotees." These colorful 2008 January-December Wall Calendars present lovely paintings of some of the most popular Hindu gods and goddesses. With these calendars adorning the wall of your room, now you can have…

Mother Durga: Playing to the Gallery!
A humourous take on the peculiar stance and gesture of the idols of Goddess Durga, Mahishasura and the lion. Broadcaster and academic, Dev J Halder wonders why the Mother Goddess looks, more often than not, uninterested in slaying the demon king Mahishasura, while her lion looks on...

Who is Parasurama?
Parasurama, also known as the “axe-wielding Rama,” was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, whose main objective was to deliver the world from the oppression of the Kshatriya rulers, who strayed from the path of dharma.

Kuber: The Lord of Riches

Maa Shashthi: The Goddess of Woman Power
Maa Shashthi is a lesser known Hindu Goddess. She is considered an avatar of Goddess Durga and held in high esteem by the women folk of Bengal. Read about the 6 major festivals related to this Goddess, including Jamai Shasthi - a day dedicated to the son-in-law.

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