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The Major Hindu gods
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Also has four arm
Each holding a conch shell(spreads the divine sound om), an discus(a reminder of the wheel of time), a lotus(an example of glorious existence), and a mace(a symbol of power and punishing capacity)
Has a blue complexion
Rides a bird named Garuda
Worshiped for his principles of order, righteousness, and truth
Said that he comes to the earth as an avatar to protect it whenever it is at risk Vishnu Shiva is the Destroyer god
Has tangled hair that is said to hold the Ganges river and a crescent moon
He has a snake wrapped around his neck and a trident in one of his hands
Is covered in ashes
He rides a bull named Nandi
He is represented by destruction and death
Worshiped as a symbol called the ‘Shiva Lingam’ Shiva Brahma is the Creator of the world
He is seen seated on a lotus flower (a symbol of glorious existence)
He has four heads and four hands
Each hand is holding a sruva (a sacrificial tool), an Verda (the ancient scriptures or revelation), a water pot, and a rosary
He also rides on a swan The Divine Mother
Rides an lion
She is the reincarnation of Shiva's first wife
Has many forms such as Durga, Kali, and Lalitha
Her two most powerful forms are Durga (goddess beyond reach) and Kali (goddess of destruction)
Both have eight hands
Has a charming personality
She is worshiped by married women for a happy marriage Ganesha Parvati The god of the intellect and the remover of obstacles
May be one of the most popular Hindu gods
Rides a mouse
He is the son of Shiva and Parvati
Has an elephant head,four hands, and a big stomach
Has in each hand a rope (to carry devotees to the truth), an axe (to cut devotees' attachments), a sweet dessert ball ,laddoo, (to reward devotees for spiritual activity)and an empty hand to extend his blessings Belief in all of these gods brings you one step closer to nirvana In Hindu there are many steps in coming to Nirvana. One of them is worshiping the many gods. These are just a few of them Bibliography
"All Major Deities." All Major Deities. Dharma Universe, 2009. Web. 20 Oct. 2012. <http://www.hindunet.org/god/summary/index.htm>.
Baker, Matt. "Hindu Gods & Goddesses." Chart of. Useful Charts, 15 Dec. 2011. Web. 21 Oct. 2012. <http://www.usefulcharts.com/religion/main-hindu-gods-chart.html>.
"Hindu Gods And Goddesses | Hinduism." Hindu Gods And Goddesses | Hinduism. Religion & Faith, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2012. <http://religion-faith.com/hindu-and-hinduism/hindu-gods-goddesses.html>.