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Ultimate Guide to the Many Gods of Hinduism

There are up to 33 million gods in Hinduism. From a multi-headed creator god, to a destroyer with a third eye, to an elephant-headed deity, Hinduism is full of unique gods and deities. Each of them has their own backstory and their own attributes. Read this post for an introductory guide to the Hindu pantheon and its most significant gods.


Jayanti is the daughter of Indra and Shachi. Her name means “victorious” and she is the sister of Jayanta. She was married to Shukracharya. Family Father: Indra Mother: Shachi Brother: Jayanta Former Husband: Shukra Marriage with Shukra Once the devas had completely destroyed the asuras. Shukra, being the preceptor of the devas, started doing penance …

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Mangala deva on his ram with the planet Mars in the background


Mangala (Bhauma) is the god of the planet Mars. He is also the god of war, celibate, and the day Tuesday. He resides on the planet Mars. He was born of Lord Shiva and Bhumi (Prithvi) devi. His skin is a light brown color. Family Father: Shiva Mother: Bhumi (Prithvi) Birth After Sati sacrificed herself …

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Himavat (Himavan) is the god and king of the Himalaya mountains. He has two forms: a mobile form and an immobile form as a mountain. Himavat is a favorite of Shiva. Family Wife: Mena (Menavati) Sons: Mainaka, 99 others Daughter: Parvati Marriage Himavat wanted to marry. All the gods, including Himavat, went to the abode …

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Sati was the first wife of Shiva. She is the goddess of marital felicity and longevity. She was the daughter of Daksha Prajapati, but burned herself in the fire of Daksha’s yagna. Sati soon reincarnated as Parvati, who ended up marrying Shiva. Family Father: Daksha Mother: Prasuti Sisters: Shraddha, Lakshmi (not Vishnu’s wife Lakshmi), Dhriti, …

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Jayanta is the son of Indra and Shachi (Indrani). His name means victorious in Sanskrit. He lives in Swarga. Jayanta always fought with the other devas in the battles between the devas and asuras. Family Father: Indra Mother: Shachi Sister: Jayanti Half-Brother: Vali Battle Between Ravana and Indra Once, a war occurred between Ravana and …

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Bhaga is a god in Hindu mythology. He is the god of wealth, money, and due inheritance. He is one of the 12 Adityas, so a son of Aditi and Kashyapa. Since he is an aditya, he represents an aspect of the Sun. The aspect he represents is bright light. Bhaga is usually invoked along …

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Aditi is a goddess in Hindu mythology. She is the mother of the Adityas: 12 major devas. She is also the goddess of space, consciousness, past, future, and fertility. She is the wife of Kashyapa. Aditi’s name means “free of bonds”. Devaki is the incarnation of Aditi. Family Father: Daksha Mother: Panchajani Husband: Kashyapa Sisters: …

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Rati is the goddess of love, carnal desire, lust, pleasure, and passion. She is a daughter of Daksha and wife of Kama, the primary god of love. Her mount is a peacock and her weapon is a divine sword. She was born from the sweat of Daksha. Family Father: Daksha Husband: Kama Sons: Harsha, Yashas …

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Parvati is the wife of Shiva, the destroyer. Parvati is the goddess of fertility, devotion, and love. She is also the goddess of divine strength and power. Parvati is an aspect of Shakti, a peaceful aspect. She is one of the Tridevi, along with Saraswati and Lakshmi. Parvati lives on Mt. Kailash with Shiva and …

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