is the chosen Priest, God, minister of sacrifice, who lavishes wealth and
dispels the darkness. Truthful, most gloriously great, ruler of sacrifices,
no sacrifice is complete without his presence. His presence ensures the
success of a sacrifice, because whatever sacrifice he accepts goes to the
gods. Agni is the messenger, the herald, master of all wealth, much beloved,
who brings the willing Gods from the heavens and makes them sit on the
grass with him near the sacrificial altar.
is the creative aspect of the Trinity, the first god to have been separated
from Iswara. Brahma is the Lord of creation & is assisted in this process
by his consort Saraswathi, who is the possessor of ultimate knowledge.
Together, they thus introduce the soul into the cycle of life.
Goddess (a.k.a, Parwati, Uma, Durga, Kali and a number of other names),
Lord Shiva's wife is often described by texts and sculptures as the ferocious
Durga, typically characterized by twelve weapons. Goddess Parvati is also
glorified in Indian literature and sculptures as being beautiful, as a
mediator in the conflicts of heaven, as a daughter of the Great Himalayan
Mountains, and a sister of the sacred river Ganga (the Ganges).
is the first among the gods, the leader of the gods and the Siva Ganas.
He is remover of all obstacles and impediments, who is worshipped invariably
by devout Hindus, before starting any venture or offering worship to other
gods. The only exception to this rule is when you are worshipping Siva...
is the goddess of the river Ganges, India's most sacred body of water.
Hindus believe that bathing in her holy waters will help wash one's sins
away, and hence they conduct repeated ritualistic washings in the river
to secure a place in heaven. Her power to wash away sins and liberate is
so strongly believed that the ashes of the dead are spread over her. Ganga
is usually represented as a beautiful woman with a fish's tail in place
of legs, and she rides on the Makara, a water monster.
is the lord of the heavens and the blue sky. He rides a white elephant
called Airavata and wields the dazzling weapon of lightening. He fought
many battles to drive the demons away and ensure victory to the gods. He
killed the demon of the dark skies (symbolically the clouds) with his weapon
(the lightning) and released the cows (waters) that were held in captivity
is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was born as the "Dark One."
Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy, who destroys all pain
and sin. Krishna is the protector of sacred utterances and cows. Krishna
is a trickster and lover, an instigator of all forms of knowledge and born
to establish the religion of love.
is the consort of Siva. She got the name because she is the daughter of
the mountains (parvathas) and also because she as Prakriti occupies one
half (parva) of the universe while the other half is occupied by Siva in
his aspect as Iswara or Purusha.
is the destroying and evolving aspect of the universe. He is the most powerful,
popular and dynamic god of Hinduism with roots definitely outside the pale
is the blazing sun. He is "the light that is most excellent," golden colored,
who rides the skies in his golden chariot drawn by seven bay horses. He
is said to be extremely brilliant, with radiant hair, who files in the
skies like a bird and shines brightly like a jewel. Giver of power and
strength, destroyer of laziness and darkness, with bright light radiating
from him, he knows all that lives. He is described as golden eyed, golden
handed and golden tongued.
is the preserver and maintainer of the worlds. Lord Vishnu possesses a
complexion the color of the dark clouds. As proof that opposites attract,
Vishnu's outer appearance is dark while he is associated with bringing
light & peace to the world. He rests on the ocean on his bed of Adisesha
(serpent with 1,000 heads). Any time Lord Vishnu sees great trouble, He
rescues the people from evils. He is all merciful, ever rushing to serve