More Hindu Gods

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Hindu God - Lord Rama

Lord Rama being the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, worshipping him is very popular among all Hindus. In temples Rama is accompanied by his faithful wife, Sita, devoted brother Lakshmana and beloved devotee Hanuman.

The great epic Ramayana by Valmiki describes the life story of Rama and the purpose of his incarnation.

Rama is an ideal man as the perfect son, devoted brother, true husband, trusted friend, ideal king, and a noble adversary. The bow and arrow carried by Rama represent the readiness to destroy the evil forces. Sita represents an ideal daughter, wife, mother, and queen. She is revered as the incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmana represents the ideal of sacrifice.


Hanuman

Hanuman, also called as Maruti, symbolizes the qualities of an ideal devotee of god. People worship Hanuman for acquiring knowledge, physical and mental strength, truthfulness, sincerity, selflessness, humility, loyalty, and profound devotion to the Lord.


Hindu God - Lord Krishna

Lord Krishna being the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu is the most popular god. He played flute for which the gopis danced with him in ecstasy. Radha’s love for Krishna was immensely described in many literary works. She symbolizes the soul which is awakened to the love of god and absorbed in that love.

The Bhagvadgita by Krishna symbolizes the way in which Dharma must be followed. Lord Krishna is referred as the full and complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu commanding love, respect, and adoration from all Hindus.  


Hindu God - Indra

Indra being the king of the gods is the ruler of the heaven. He is also the god of thunder and rain and a great warrior, a symbol of courage and strength.

Indra's mount is the elephant Airavata. Indra has the sword, the conch, the noose, the rainbow and the magic weapon Vaijra. As he lost the control of the heaven many times, he has become watchful to destroy any man who is too powerful. He is worshipped for rains and the prosperity of the soil by the Hindus.


Hindu God - Subramanya

Subramanya or Karthikeya being the son of Siva and Parvathi is popular with many names such as Muruga, Kumara, Skandha, Shanmuga and Guha. He was created out of the six sparks from the central, third eye, of Lord Siva, for destroying the demon Soorapadma.

Lord Karthikeya has six faces adorned with red vermilion and he rides on a divine peacock. His divine weapon is Vel and he is supremely intelligent. He is also the curer of all diseases.

According to legend, Karthikeya explained the esoteric significance of "OM", the Pranava Manthra, to His father, Lord Siva. He has two consorts, Devasena, and Valli. There are many Hindu shrines dedicated to lord Subramanya.

 

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