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					Hindu Gods and Goddesses
A Brief Introduction to “Rama’s
      Initiation” pg 1053
      Epics and Legends
       The Three Main Gods
• Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are the three
  main gods of Hinduism
• Brahma is the creator god
• Vishnu is the preserver god
• Shiva is the destroyer god
• Vishnu is responsible for maintaining the
  world, or else Shiva will destroy it
Brahma
   •   Creator God
   •   Has 4 heads
   •   Used to have 5 heads
   •   Children are named
       after emotions
       (Anger, Greed, etc.)
                  Vishnu
• Preserver of the
  World
• Portrayed as blue or
  black
• Has 4 arms
• Has 1,000 names and
  people repeat his
  names to worship him
                     Shiva




• Destroyer God
• When one of Brahma’s heads lied to Vishnu,
  Shiva cut it off as a punishment for deceit.
• Will destroy the world is Vishnu does not protect
  it.
                  Ganesh
• The Elephant God
• God of Good Fortune
• Newlyweds honor
  Ganesh at their
  wedding in hopes that
  he will bless them
                     Kali




• Dark and violent goddess
• Lives in cremation grounds
• Thuggee (pronounced Tug-ee): Followers of Kali
  (Thugs)
                 Lakshmi
• Goddess of Wealth,
  Fortune, Love, and
  Beauty
• She has 4-6 arms and
  8 different forms,
  depending on what
  one is praying for
                   Krishna
• The hero in the
  Mahabharata
• Usually depicted as a
  baby or an adult
  playing the flute
• Bhakti (devotion) to
  Krishna is usually for
  strength or
  compassion
• Very strong warrior
                   Rama
• Hero of the
  Ramayana, the other
  great epic in
  Hinduism
• His story shows what
  happens when one
  has good Dharma
  and Karma
• His wife, Sita, is
  Lakshmi in another
  form

				
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