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Hindu Gods & Goddesses

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Kathy Das Gupta

on 28 August 2013

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Transcript of Hindu Gods & Goddesses

Brahma NOT the same as Brahman
The creator aspect of the trinity
He is self-born – not begat from another god;
myth states that he emerged from a lotus
Several myths explain his 4 heads
(four directions (N, E, S, W), four castes,
to see his beloved who avoided his gaze)
Not worshipped often Brahma the Creator Vishnu the Preserver Saraswati - Brahma's Consort Goddess of Education
Dressed in white for purity
Symbols include book, music to indicate higher intellectual pursuits Hindu Trinity Shiva the Destroyer/Recreator Vishnu The preserver aspect of the trinity
He has at least 10 significant “avatars”, including a fish, turtle, Krishna (hero of the Gita) Lakshmi - Consort of Vishnu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity
One of her incarnations, Radha, is the consort of Krishna Krishna A principle avatar of Vishnu
Many myths and legends about his childhood
and romantic prowess
Hero of the Baghavad Gita Shiva The Destroyer/Recreator aspect of the trinity
Often worshipped in form of dancer or lingam (phallic symbol) Ganesh One of the most widely worshipped Hindu deities
Worshipped by Vaishnavites, Shaivites, Jains, and Buddhists
Known as ‘Remover of Obstacles” Hanuman General of ape-like forest dwelling army
His fate is to aid the Hindu King Rama when he rescues his wife from captivity in Lanka.
Likely inspired the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz Kali Consort of Shiva
Goddess of time and change; symbolizes death and destruction
Often standing on top of Shiva
One of the many forms of Shiva’s female counterpart; the other forms are benevolent
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