Gods and Goddesses

Parvati

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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Saraswati

Saraswati is one of the Tridevi (the wife of the Trideva). She is the wife and daughter of Brahma, the creator. Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music, arts, and learning. She lives in Satyaloka with Brahma. Family Father: Brahma Husband: Brahma Birth and Marriage When Brahma was creating the universe, he started meditating on …

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Vasanta

Vasanta is the god of the spring season in Hindu mythology. He is also the god of flowers. Vasanta is a minor god in Hindu mythology. Vasanta is a companion of Kamadeva, the god of love. He is always with Kamadeva. He lives in a beautiful palace in Swarga loka. His palace is surrounded with …

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Shiva idol surrounded by the sky

Shiva

Shiva is one of the trideva (three main gods) in Hindu mythology. He is the destroyer. When the time comes to destroy the material universe, Shiva is the one who destroys it. Family Wives: Sati, Parvati (Uma) Sons: Ganesha, Kartikeya Creation of Shiva During the creation of our universe, Brahma was getting more and more …

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Chandra riding on his chariot with the moon in the background

Chandra

Chandra is the god of the Moon. He is a lunar deity. He is also called Soma. Chandra is one of the Navagrahas. He presides over Monday. He is also a fertility god. He is the son of Rishi Atri. Other names for Chandra are Rajanipati, Indu and Kshuparaka. Family Father: Atri Mother: Ansuya Brothers: …

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Lord Ganesha seated on his throne with Mushaka and bowls of sweets on the floor

Ganesha

Ganesha (Ganapati) is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is the god of new beginnings and wisdom. He is also known as the remover of obstacles. In any ritual, Hindus worship Ganesha first. He lives on Mount Kailasa with his parents and the Shivaganas. His mount is a small mouse named Mushaka. He is …

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Vishti

Vishti is one of the daughters of Surya deva, the sun god and Chhaya, the shadow-image of Saranyu, Surya’s original wife. Vishti established herself in the cycle of time in the form of a Karan. A Karan is a time span of half a Tithi or lunar date. Vishti was very fierce-looking. Family Father: Surya …

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Dhatri

Dhatri is a god in Hindu mythology. He is the god of magic and health and he is one of the Adityas. Also known as Dhata or Dhatr, his name means “creator”. Being an Aditya (solar diety), he represents the Sun in its creative and life-giving way. He is invoked during the Ashwamedha yagna. Family …

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Amsa

Amsa, also called Amshuman is a god in Hindu mythology. He is one of the twelve Adityas, so a son of Aditi. Amsa is a minor Aditya. He is always invoked or mentioned along with other Adityas, not alone. He might be a god of sunbeams or represent sunbeams since amsu means beams. He is …

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Aryaman

Aryaman is the god of horses and mares. He is called protector of mares. Aryaman represents friendship along with Mitra. He was the third son born to Aditi. He represents the Sun’s dharma and dutiful nature and is representative of the Sun. This is why Aryaman is invoked to witness and administer Hindu marriage oaths. …

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