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Hindu Gods and Goddesses

by Johanna Maheshvari Mosca, Ph.D.

Hindu Gods and Goddesses 2017-04-05T19:04:32+00:00

Goddess Kali, the Protectress

Kali, the Protectress, is often greatly misunderstood in her destructive response to the demonic. This excerpt from the vishvarupa.com website well describes the depth and scope of Kali's awesome power- "Who can comprehend the Divine [...]

Goddess Durgha, the Divine Protectress

Goddess Durgha is a beloved figure in Hindu mythology who symbolizes summoning the energy for protection against negative forces   The Goddess Parvati, another form of Maheshvari mentioned in a previous issue, appears in both gentle [...]

Parvati — Maha (Great) Goddess of Power

Parvati The Power and Consort of Shiva In his book Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Swami Harshananda calls Parvati "the power and consort of Shiva, the god of disintegration and destruction." He tells us that an [...]

Lakshmi — Goddess of Beauty, Luxury and Wealth

Lakshmi (or Shri) Sri Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Fortune Lakshmi (or Shri)  is the Hindu goddess of wealth, good fortune and the lotus flower, as well as the goddess of luck, beauty, courage and [...]

Saraswathi — Goddess of Wisdom and Music

Goddess Saraswathi About Hindu Gods and Goddesses: In recent issues, we discussed the Hindu trinity: Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Now we turn to the feminine, and look at their consorts. Saraswathi, the consort of [...]

Lord Shiva — Hindu God of Transformation

About Hindu Gods and Goddesses: As we continue our exploration of the mythology of Hindu dieties, we turn to the third of the triad of great gods, Lord Shiva, the Destroyer. The other two members [...]

Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God of Preservation

About Hindu Gods and Goddesses: As we continue our exploration of the mythology of Hindu dieties, we turn to the second god of the trinity, Vishnu, the Preserver, who represents the force of sustaining good [...]

Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation

About Hindu Gods and Goddesses: As we continue our exploration of Hindu dieties, we turn to Lord Brahma, the Creator God. This information is taken from www.wikipedia.org and www.rudraksha-ratna.com  Please note that there is a [...]

Ganesha, the Elephant God

“Ganesha is the Ever-Blissful, elephant-headed deva (god) who is lovingly worshipped and revered by millions of people worldwide. Although Ganesha is known through the Hindu religion, Shri Ganesha transcends religion and is loved by many [...]

Garuda, Eagle God of Strength and Service

Lord Garuda, the Embodiment of Strength and Service As described on sanatansociety.org-- "Garuda is the king of the birds and often acts as a messenger between the gods and men and women. Garuda has the [...]

Hanuman, Monkey God of Devotion and Service

Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God, is the epitome of devotion and is regarded as an incarnation of Shiva. He has the form of a monkey, and the lightness and speed of the wind, being the [...]