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Hindus also worship planetary gods called Grahas and rules of directions called Dikpalas. Their details are mentioned below.

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Names of Hindu Lords, Gods and Goddesses

Indian Art Galleries : paintings of Hindu Gods and Indian epics, by Harish Johari and his students
Gratitude: The information for this article has been collected from various sources. However, I would like to acknowledge one important source, which proved very valuable to me in presenting this exhaustive information: Hindu Gods and Goddesses by Swami Harshananda, Published by Sri Ramakrishna Math. If you are a Hindu, this book is worth buying and reading to know your gods and goddesses and their significance in your life and meditative practices.

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The article on Vedic pantheon provide brief descriptions of popular Vedic gods and goddesses such as Indra, Varuna, Agni, mitra and Soma.
For those that are strangers to India and Hinduism this may appear as strange, as most other religions are less obviously tolerant towards other points of view. Yet it is easy to experience whenever you are in India. You should then not waste the opportunity to try out the following test : ask the Hindu people you meet which are their favorite hindu gods and goddesses. You will get very diverse answers, with , , , , and many other Hindu gods and Goddesses named. If then you ask the same people how their favorite Hindu gods and goddesses relate to other hindu gods and goddesses, you will usually get the same answer : "Well of course, all Hindu gods and goddesses are the same god or divine energy, nameless and without form - only in this particular form I like my hindu gods and goddesses best".


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Vahanas – The Rides of Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Lakshmi: Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance who is responsible for health, wealth, luck and happiness. She is the consort of Vishnu. She was born in milky oceans during the churning of the oceans and gifted to Vishnu. She is usually depicted with four or two hands, either alone or in the company of Vishnu. When alone she is shown either seated in a lotus or standing in it, with elephants in the background. She goes by many names, the most popular being Sri. She incarnated several times upon earth along with Vishnu and participated in his duties as the preserver. Owl is described as her vehicle. She has numerous forms. Worship of eight forms of Lakshmi, known as ashta-lakshmis is a very popular Hindu tradition.

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This is well illustrated in a conversation between Yajnavalkya and Vidagdha Sakalya as quoted in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (3:9). When Sakalya asks how many gods are there, Yajnavalkya begins the conversation saying, "as many as mentioned in the offerings made to the gods of the universe, namely three hundred and three, three thousand and three." When Sakalya keeps on asking the same question, Yajnavalkya reduces the number to thirty three, then to six, then to three, then to two, then to one and half and finally to one. When asked who is the one, he replies that he is the immortal person (Self) who is in the body. Thus, in Hinduism the concept of one God acting as many or manifesting as many dates back to early Vedic period. One God manifests as many. He is the sum total of all things in the universe.

Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion

Although Hindus worship many gods and goddess, strictly speaking Hinduism is not a polytheistic religion. Hinduism has elements of both monotheism, polytheism and sometimes classified as "henotheism or kathenotheism - a belief in single gods, each in turn standing out as the highest."1

She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess

All the numerous gods and goddesses are the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Brahman only. In their individual aspects they represent diversity and His numerous duties (dharmas); but in their unified and highest aspect they represent Brahman, the Supreme Self.

Hindu God Shiva : Shiva (Shiv) - the destroyer

Thus Hinduism is neither monotheistic nor polytheistic, but represents elements of both. The following is a brief description of the numerous gods and goddesses of Hinduism, followed by a list of internal links that point to numerous articles explaining their significance and symbolism in Hinduism.

Indian Art Galleries : paintings of Hindu Gods

Presently we have many gods and goddesses in Hinduism. Although numerically they were said to be hundreds and thousands, Hindus worship chiefly a few gods namely Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, Sarasvathi, Lakshmi, Parvathi, their manifestations, incarnations and emanations.