Ganesha, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is amongst the most popular and also most idolized gods of the Hindu faith.
His image can be found throughout India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations Devotion to Ganesha is widespread and extends to Jains and Buddhists.
Although it is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes it easy to identify.
Ganesha is widely revered as a remover of obstacles, a patron of the arts and sciences, a deva of intellect and wisdom.
As the god of the beginning, he is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also called upon as the patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.
Shiva, also identified as Mahadeva ("Great God"), is one of the main gods of Hinduism. He is the true god of Shaivism, one of the 3 most important religions of early modern Hinduism.
He is one of the four principal forms of God in the Smarta tradition, and "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer" among the Trimurti, the Hindu Rebirth, is the central feature of the spiritual.
At the top level, Shiva is seen as limitless, transcendent, unchangeable and formless. Shiva also has many selfless and fearful forms. In benevolent aspects, he is portrayed as an omniscient Yogi who exists an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a home owner with Parvati's wife and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya, and in ferocious aspects, he is often portrayed as defeating demons.
Brahmā is the god of formation in Hinduism. He's got four faces, looking in four directions. Brahma is also defined as Svayambhu (self-born), Vāgīśa (Lord of Speech), and the creator of the four Vedas, one from every one of his lips.
Brahma is often identified with Prajapati, the Rigvedic deity. In Hindu mythology, Brahma's wife is Saraswati, the goddess of expertise, music, art and trying to learn.
In Hinduism, Vishnu is the Ultimate God of Vaishnavism, Svayam Bhagavan (one of the three principal denominations).
In Hindu sacred texts, Vishnu is characterized by having a dark complexion of water-filled clouds with four arms.
It is also known as Narayana and Hari. As one of the five principal forms of God in the Smarta tradition, he is constructed as the "Preserver or Protector." In Hindu sacred texts, Vishnu is characterized by having a dark complexion of water-filled clouds with four arms.
He is represented as a royal blue being, as are the incarnations of Rama and Krishna. He carries the padma (lotus flower) in his lower left hand, the Kaumodaki gada (mace) in his lower right hand, the Panchajanya shankha (conch) in his upper left hand, and the discus arm considered to be the most effective weapon of the Hindu religion of the Sudarshan Chakra in his upper right hand.
Saraswati is a Hindu goddess of knowledge, poetry, craft, wisdom and learning. It is part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvati.
All three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to build, sustain and regenerate the World, respectively.
The first recorded mention of Saraswati as a goddess is in Rigveda. Since the Vedic period, she has remained important as a goddess through modern Hindu rituals. Some Hindus celebrate Vasant Panchami's festival (fifth day of spring) in her name, and mark the day by helping young children learn how to write alphabets that day.
The goddess is also worshipped by the Jain faith in western and central India, as well as by several Buddhist sects.
Saraswati is also found outside India as a goddess of wisdom, music and poetry, such as Japan, Vietnam, Bali (Indonesia) and Myanmar.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of abundance, wealth and success (both material and spiritual) as well as the embodiment of perfection.
She's the wife and powerful force of Vishnu. Her four hands reflect the four aims of human life considered essential to the Hindu way of life—dharma, kāma, artha, and moksha. The Lakshmi representations are also found in the Jain monuments.
In the Buddhist sects of Tibet, Nepal and South-East Asia, the goddess Vasudhara reflects the characteristics and attributes of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi with minor iconographic differences.
Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love , abundance and devotion. She is the goddess of divine strength and power.
It is the benevolent and loving aspect of the Hindu goddess Shakti. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism and has multiple qualities and aspects. Each of its facets is represented in a different name, giving it over 100 names in the regional Hindu mythologies of India.
Together with Lakshmi (the goddess of abundance and prosperity) and Saraswati (the goddess of knowledge and learning), she completes the trinity of Hindu goddesses.
ti is the wife of Shiva, the Hindu god, the destroyer, recycler and regenerator of the world and of all creation. She is the daughter of King Himavan of the Mountains and Mother of Mena. Parvati is the mother of the Hindu gods Ganesha and Karttikeya. She was also the mother of Ashokasundari, whose husband was Nahusha. Her elder sister is the goddess of Ganges. Any cultures still claim that it is adopted sister of Vishnu.