Ever Wondered What the Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism Stand For? Find Out Here

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Hindu gods and deities infographic - Hindi trinity

Originating in the Indus Valley, modern day Pakistan, approximately 2000 BCE, Hinduism is the oldest practised “religion” in the world today and currently sits at third place in the popularity rankings.

More of a way of life than a religion, Hinduism has no singular founder or singular scripture. Instead Hinduism embraces many traditions and holds knowledge, creativity, nature and the universe at its core. With a belief that existence is a cycle of birth, death and rebirth governed by Karma.

Many hold the view that Hinduism is a polytheistic religion (belief in many gods) rather than a monotheistic one (belief in a singular god), this however is not entirely agreed upon as many followers state that the many deities in Hinduism are actually different elements of just one singular god.

 There is no denying that the gods and goddesses of Hinduism are intriguing. With multiple arms, weapons, elephant heads and blue coloured skin the deities of Hinduism seem a million miles away from the gods and prophets we view and worship in the west. The question is, is it their majestic form that stops many of us from relating to them? If so maybe we should look at what they symbolise rather than how they look.

As a quick introduction, we have put together an infographic showing ten of the most popular deities in Hinduism, what they stand for and the symbolic meaning behind each object, weapon and element each god or goddess possesses.

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Anonymous
excellent illustration work, very clear and concise!
Steven John
Steven John
Thank you! Much appreciated. I am glad you like it :)

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