Hindu Gods

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Hindu Gods

  1. 1. Main Hindu Gods & Goddesses There are four main sects within Hinduism: Shaivism, in which Shiva is worshipped as the main god; Vaishnavism, in which Vishnu is the main god; Shaktism, in which the female aspect of god is primarily worshipped; and Smartism, in which six main gods are worshipped: Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, Ganesh, Murugan and Surya. The Trimurti (Hindu Trinity) Brahma Shaktis (Females Aspects) Saraswati The Creator Goddess of Knowledge, Music, and the Arts Vehicle: Swan Vehicle: Swan has 4 heads, 4 arms, and a wife of Brahma; sits on a white reddish complexion; not lotus playing a veena commonly worshipped; not to be confused with Brahman (the ground of all being) or the Brahmin (priestly caste) Vishnu Lakshmi The Preserver Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity Vehicle: Garuda (bird) Vehicle: Owl has 4 arms, a blueish complexion, and rests on a snake; was incarnated (born as an animal or human) nine times with one more still to come; is the main god of Vaishnavism wife of Vishnu usually shown bestowing coins and flanked by elephants Shiva Parvati The Destroyer / Transformer The Divine Mother Vehicle: Bull Vehicle: Lion has matted hair, a third eye, a the reincarnation of Shiva's blue throat and a trident in his first wife; has many forms, hand; often worshipped in the such as the popular Durga featureless lingam form; is the and Kali (see below); often main god of Saivism shown together with Saraswati and Lakshmi as the tridevi ('triple goddess') © 2012, UsefulCharts.com. This chart may be photocopied and distributed in print form without limit so long as it is given free of charge. However, posting an electronic copy (e.g. - PDF, JPEG, etc.) on a public website is prohibited. Find more great charts at www.usefulcharts.com
  2. 2. Hindu Gods & Goddesses – Page 2 Other Popular Gods Ganesh Murugan God of the Intellect and the Remover of Obstacles God of War Vehicle: Mouse Vehicle: Peacock son of Shiva & Parvati has an elephant's head son of Shiva & Parvati popular in Tamil areas also known as Skanda Durga Kali A fiercer form of Parvati Goddess of Time and Death Vehicle: Tiger Vehicle: Donkey has ten arms holding many weapons usually portrayed as dark and violent Rama Krishna The 7th Avatar (Incarnation) of Vishnu The 8th Avatar (Incarnation) of Vishnu the central figure in the epic story Ramayana usually portrayed as a child and a prankster; often shown playing the flute Hanuman Surya God of the Sun an ape-like god known for assisting Rama pulled on a chariot by horses © 2012, UsefulCharts.com. This chart may be photocopied and distributed in print form without limit so long as it is given free of charge. However, posting an electronic copy (e.g. - PDF, JPEG, etc.) on a public website is prohibited. Find more great charts at www.usefulcharts.com

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