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YGK Hindu Gods

YGK Hindu Gods & Heroes

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One of the Trimurti (the holy trinity of Hindu gods), he is the Preserver, protecting the world. When needed, he descends to Earth as an avatar, or incarnation. Vishnu
Nine avatars of him have appeared so far: Matsya, Kurma (tortoise), Varah (boar), Narasimha (man-lion), Vamana (dwarf), Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, and Buddha. Vishnu
Some cult followers worship him as Narayana, the primal being. He has dark blue skin, rides with the eagle Garuna, and sits on the snake Shesha. Vishnu
His symbols are the conch, disc, club, and lotus; his chief wives are Lakshmi and Bhu (the Earth). Kama, the god of love, may be his son. Vishnu
A tenth avatar, Kalki, will appear with a flaming sword to save humans from the darkness. Vishnu
Also known as Lord Mahesh, he is the Destroyer in the Trimurti. Developed from Rudra, the Vedic god of death, he is often shown sitting on a tiger skin and riding the bull Nandi. Shiva
He is also associated with a lingam (phallus). He has three eyes, of which the third (in the middle of his head) is all-knowing; when it opens, the world is destroyed and regenerated. Shiva
Lord of all underworld beings, he wears a necklace of skulls and another made of a snake. He carries a trident as a weapon and has a blue throat, the result of drinking poison while the ocean churns. Shiva
Parvati, one of his several consorts, bears him two sons: Kartikeya (the god of war) and Ganesha. Shiva
The third of the Trimurti, he is the Chreator. By dropping an egg into the cosmic waters, he hatches a younger form of himself that creates other beings. Brahma
Also the chief priest, he has four heads that each point in a cardinal direction, representing the Four Vedas Brahma
His wife is Savitri, who curses him after he lets a cow-maiden stand in for her at an important ritual. Few people worship him, either because of the curse or because he lost a power struggle to Vishnu. Brahma
He has a fifth head until Shiva plucked it off; as punishment for that act, Shiva is forced to wander as a beggar and carry his severed skull as a bowl. Brahma
This eighth avatar of Vishnu is born when Vishnu plucks two of his own hairs - one light, one dark - and used the dark hair to impregnate Devaki. Krishna
Her husband Vasudeva saves him from evil King Kansa by carrying him across the river Yamuna to safety in Gokula. Krishna
He can be depicted as a child, adolescent, or adult. As an infant, he plays pranks such as stealing butter. As a youthful lover, he plays the flute and dances with the gopis (cow-maidens) in the Vrindavana forest. Krishna
As an adult, he is a dark-skinned warrior with a light, angelic face, charioteer to Arjuna (in the Mahabharata). Krishna
In the Bhagavad-Gita it is he who reveals the importance of dharma and bhakti. His consort is the cowherd girl Radha. Krishna
This elephant-headed god of wisdom and learning is often shown riding a rat. Parvati "gives birth" by creating him from the saffron paste she scrubbed off of herself after bathing. Ganesha
When Parvati instructs him not to let anyone in as she took another bath, he prevents Shiva from entering, prompting Shiva to cut off his head. Ganesha
Ganesha has two wives (Riddhi and Siddhi), two sons, and a daughter. People pray to this remover of obstacles and bringer of good fortune before they commence business. Ganesha
To calm Parvati, Shiva tells servants to take the head of the first baby found whose mother had her back turned; the servants bring back the head of a baby elephant. Ganesha
The seventh avatar of Vishnu is hero of the Ramayana. Born as a prince to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya, he wins the hand of his wife Sita in a competition held by Sita's father, King Janaka; only he can string Shiva's bow. Rama
When his aunt Kaikeyi schemes to deprive him of Dasharatha's throne by putting her son Bharata there, he and Sita are banished to a forest for 14 years. Rama
During that time, the ten-headed demon Ravana kidnaps Sita but he rescues her and killed Ravana. Bharata abdicates; he makes Sita walk through fire to prove that Ravana had not corrupted her. Rama
The god of rain, thunder, and war, he wields the thunderbolt (vajra) and rides Airavat, the four-tusked white elephant. Indra
In early Vedic times he was king of the gods who ruled swarga; many Rig Veda hymns are devoted to him. Indra
With the aid of both the Marut storm gods and his favorite drink, soma, he leads the Aryan conquest of India. He also defeats the dragon Vritra, who had stolen the world's water. Indra
The last and greatest treasure born from the "churning of the ocean," he is the goddess of prosperity and patron to moneylenders. Lakshmi (or Sri)
The epitome of feminine beauty, she sits or stands on a lotus flower and appears in her own avatars alongside Vishnu: Sita to his Rama; Padma the lotus to Vamana the dwarf; Radha (or Rukmini) to Krishna. Lakshmi (or Sri)
A form of the mother goddess (Shakti, or Devi), she also represents virtue and honesty. Lakshmi (or Sri)
Several incarnations of the "mother goddess" take this moniker. Parvati, the most benevolent form, is the reincarnation of Sati, who threw herself into the fire. "Shiva's consort"
Durga is a demon-slayer who rides a lion into battle and carries a weapon in each of her many arms. "Shiva's consort"
Kali is a black-skinned goddess of destruction, who defeats the demon leader Raktavija by drinking all of his blood. Although Kali's dance can destroy the world, Shiva throws himself at her feet to calm her, turning her into Parvati. "Shiva's consort"
The chief hero of the Mahabharata, heis the son of Indra and one of five Pandava brothers, who fight a bitter war against their one hundred cousins, Kauravas, culminating at the battle on "Kuru's Field." Arjuna
Before the battle, he asks his charioteer (Krishman) why he must fight. Krishna responds that he must follow a devotion to god (bhakti) and that even as he slays his brethren, it is for a just cause. Arjuna
Along with the rest of the Pandavas, he is married to Draupadi. Arjuna
Son of the wind god Vaayu and Queen Anjana, he has a human body with a monkey's head. As a boy he swallows the sun (mistaking it for a piece of fruit); the angry Indra whips him with a thunderbolt. Hanuman
In response the wind god Vaayu refuses to breathe air into the world, prompting Indra to apologize and the other gods to bestow immortality and shapeshifting ability onto him. Hanuman
He figures prominently in the Ramayana, where he flies to Lanka to tell Sita that Rama will rescue her from Ravana. Hanuman
Part of a trinity with Surya (the sun) and Vaayu (the wind), he can be brought to life by rubbing two sticks together. Since he is responsible for sacrificial fires, he is the patron of priests. Agni
He has a red body, two heads, three legs, four arms, and seven tongues; he often carries a flaming javelin. Agni
In the Mahabharata, his grandfather is one of seven great sages; with the help of Krishna, he devours the Khandav forest. Agni
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