On Hindu Gods and Goddesses

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

The Hindus believe in the Supreme Being and think that he is the god of all religions.

The cosmic activity of the Supreme Being has three important tasks such as the creation, the preservation and the dissolution and the recreation. These tasks are associated with three popular gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, each representing the same power of the Supreme Being but in three different aspects.

The list of gods in Hindus is vast, but Hindus believe in monotheism and worship one god. 

The only one ultimate reality of the Supreme Being is the Brahman which is a Supreme Spirit permeating everything in the world. 

It is entirely impersonal and impossible to describe as everything in the Universe is a part of Brahman, but he is more than a sum of everything in the Universe.

Every Hindu god represents one aspect of Brahman. Brahma is the creative aspect of Brahman, Vishnu is the protective aspect of Brahman and Shiva is the destructive aspect of Brahman.

Even though Hindu religion is said to have 330 million gods, it is a misconception of people failing to understand the symbolism of Hindu gods.

The god lives in each and every living being in the form of Atman. As each living being is a unique manifestation of god, in ancient times, it was believed that there were 330 million living things and this has led to the idea of 330 million gods.

Some of the important gods and goddess are as follows:
Lord Ganesha 
Lord Brahma
Lord Vishnu
Lord Shiva
Goddess Durga
Goddess Lakshmi
Goddess Saraswati
More Gods: Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Hanuman, Indra, Subramanya

 

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