Hindu Gods and Goddesses by Swami HarshanandaThis elegantly got up handy volume of a couple of hundred pages draws the reader into a fascinating labyrinth of symbols and mythology, philosophic speculation and spiritual insight. The author finds a successful clue to the understanding of the Hindu pantheon in the employment of symbolic interpretation. According to that clue, he elaborates the significance of divine figures and forms, ornaments and weapons, vehicles and retinue. He interprets the bewildering variety of Hindu gods on the principle that the gods are doorways leading to one Godhead. One of the important features of the book is the copious illustrative sketches of the different gods, and goddesses; they are simple and graphic.
Hindu deities | A Complete list of hindu gods and goddesses
Hinduism is not a religion but a culture or a way of life. This Hinduism is said to have almost 3o million gods in worship. This is an amazing figure to read. But in fact, it is said that these real gods and goddesses were born and lived in human form before they left. So Hindus never worship non-existent or imaginative gods.
By Amrutur V. Hindus acknowledge that, at the most fundamental level , God is the One without a second — the absolute, formless, and only Reality known as Brahman, the Supreme, Universal Soul. Brahman is the universe and everything in it. Brahman has no form and no limits; it is Reality and Truth. Thus Hinduism is a pantheistic religion: It equates God with the universe. Yet Hindu religion is also polytheistic: populated with myriad gods and goddesses who personify aspects of the one true God, allowing individuals an infinite number of ways to worship based on family tradition, community and regional practices, and other considerations.
Hinduism has both masculine and feminine deities representing the supreme power of the universe, and all the major deities have both male and female counterparts. Hindu goddesses are the representation of Shakti, the feminine source of power in the universe. They are highly revered and powerful and play a central role in the creation, protection, and destruction of the universe. Here is a list of 10 Hindu goddesses who are the source of this power:. Radha is almost always portrayed alongside Krishna.
It comprises four major traditions, Vaishnavism , Brahmanism , Shaktism , Saivism ,  whose followers consider Vishnu , Brahma , Shakti Devi and Shiva to be the Supreme deity respectively. Most of the other deities were either related to them or different forms incarnations of these deities. Hinduism has been called the " oldest religion " in the world, and many practitioners refer to Hinduism as "the eternal law ". Smartism , an older tradition and later reestablished by Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya, invites the worship of more than one god including Shiva like that, Vishnu, Brahma, Shakti and Ganesha the elephant god among other gods and goddesses. It is not as overtly sectarian as either Vashnavism, Brahmanism or Saivism and is based on the recognition that Brahman God is the highest principle in the universe and pervades all of existence.