plays an very important role in the lives of Indians. The Indo-Aryans came
in massive sweeps
the lofty passes in the northwest, bringing with them the rudiments of
the Hindu faith,
to be developed on Indian soil into one of the most philosophically subtle
and complex of all religions.
it is only in recent years that Hinduism is again having a major influence
outside the Indian subcontinent, Buddhism,which grew out of Hinduism,is
a major world religion.But India has also received the gifts of Islam,
Christianity,Zoroastrianism and on a very small scale but very significantly,Judaism.
has been the proverbial sponge in matters religious.
are very few towns in India that are without a church,mosque or Hindu temple
are Sikh Gurdwaras in major towns AND few Synagogues in Mumbai,Calcutta,
New Delhi & Pune.
insight to Indian Gods & Goddess.
has two million gods, and worships them all.
religion, all other countries are paupers;
is the only millionaire." —
creative aspect of `Brahman', Brahma `creates'. He is assisted by his spouse
Goddess of Learning and Knowledge. Brahma is depicted as having four heads
`Buddhi', `Chitta' and `Ahamkara', all of which are essential for the work
is sitting on a lotus, the lotus standing for purity or the saatwic element
present in man
concept of Vishnu stands for that aspect of 'Brahman', which is engaged
in the work of preservation
what has been created and is called `Purushottama' - the ideal in masculinity
(not mere brawn
masculine qualities). Vishnu is shown holding a fully blossomed lotus,
a discus, a conch, and a mace,
in four different hands symbolizing different virtues. The concept of Vishnu
is widely worshipped as
- the power behind and beyond man.
is known as the fearsome God. The third member of the Hindu Trinity, he
in its aspect of 'Annihilator' (the constructive destructor). He has a
third eye in the center
the forehead, the eye of wisdom as well as annihilation. When the eye opens,
the universe of names,
and duality must stand annihilated. Supreme knowledge cannot but be followed
deer skin, holy ash, matted hair that Shiva sports are all symbols of supreme
means `the one who gives the essence (sara) of our own self (swa).
goddess of knowledge and learning, she is mostly shown sitting on a lotus,
holding the sacred
in one hand, the lotus in the second. With the other two hands she plays
the Indian lute (veena). Saraswati is wedded to the creator, Brahma; for
all creative endeavors can spring forth from and
themselves only by the knowledge of what and who to create.
`Brahman' was reduced in concept to the "ideal man" or "Purushottama",
arose to provide a conceptual counterpart in an "ideal woman"
Lakshmi was the result. She is the goddess of wealth and prosperity
wonder she is one of the most widely worshipped deities in India!)
is supposed to provide these in abundance to sustain the creation,
is the portfolio of Vishnu, her divine consort.
known as `Parvati', she is symbolic of Power, Strength and Energy and is
represents the female energy of Shiva and is said to have nine forms of
fierce and others are mild ones. Uma or Parvati is worshipped in different
parts of India
different forms and called by different names like - Durga, Bhawani, Kali
Adiparashakti (the first and supreme power).
the god with the `mostest', Ganesha is endearingly rotund and the remover
of all obstacles.
the elephant whose head he wears, he has an infallible memory. The god
of wisdom and learning,
rates high on his priority list! Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati
and no festival or
occasion begins without an invocation to the lovable elephant God.
of the most dearly loved deities in India, the 'Monkey God' was known for
his total and
devotion and loyalty to Rama and Sita, the heroes of the great epic-Ramayana.
to it, Hanuman (son of Vayu or Marut, the wind) was the leader of the invading
armies of Rama.
was also the one who set fire to the mighty Lanka and flew to the Himalayas
to bring the life-giving "Sanjeevani" to save the life of Rama's brother.
He is portrayed as a bachelor and is worshipped
the god of strength, health and agility.
sanskrit the word Krishna means `dark', not as opposed to light, but in
it is unseen or unknown to one as long as one remains rooted in earthly
on the other hand was the most beautiful and beloved of all `gopis' (milkmaids).
love of Radha and Krishna is symbolic of the eternal love affair between
the devoted mortal and the Divine. Radha's yearning for union with her
beloved Krishna is the soul's longing for spiritual awakening to be united
the one source of peace and bliss from which it has become separated..
hero and heroine of the evergreen epic Ramayana present humanity with an
ideal man and
whom they would understand, adore and emulate. They represent the culture
of India, and
considered the incarnations of Vishnu and Lakshmi. If Rama was the ideal
man, son, brother and king,
was the ideal daughter, wife, mother and queen; the embodiment of all that
noble in Indian womanhood
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