A mystery on 330 million deities
Hinduism is one of the famous and widely practiced religions in Asia. This religion was derived from the Persian language and at time the region was Indus valley of Subcontinent. The region of the Indus valley was called Hindustan, and thus the religion of the Indus valley was called Hinduism. There has been no known originator of Hinduism, Hinduism derives its practices form ancient sages to today's saints, there has been a tradition of sages and saints from thousands of years, at least for last 10,000 years. Hinduism is the practice/religion which believes on the self- realization and thus has come up with number of gods and goddesses or Deva, Devi. As per the religion these Gods and Goddesses have spiritual power, magical characteristic or divine power. Hinduism is populated with countless gods and goddesses who characterize aspects of the one true God, allowing individuals to opt never-ending number to worship based on family tradition, community and regional practices, and other considerations. As per the rough estimates there are 330 million Hinduism god and goodness; yet this figure is not authentic. Hindu believes on the deities as per their situation and culture and they worship them in number of deities as well.
Sects in Hinduism: There are four main known and practice sects in Hinduism and accordingly the God and Goddesses are worshipped.
- Shaivism: Shiva is worshipped as the main god.
- Vaishnavism: Vishnu worshipped as the main god.
- Shaktism: Female aspects of god are primarily worshipped.
- Smartism: Six main gods are worshipped: Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, Ganesh, Murugan and Surya.
Famous god and goodness: Although there are number of God and Goodness in Hindu religion; yet based on the power there are some widely worshipped Deva and Devis.
- Brahma is the male God and is considered to be the first member of the Hindu trinity. Hinduism believes that he has created the world periodically and that is the reason in some sects of Hinduism it is created, maintained for a certain amount of time, and then destroyed in order to be renewed in ideal form again.
- Sarawati is the female Goddess of the Hindus and she is considered to be the lord foe music and art and knowledge as well. She is said to be the wife of Brahma.
- Vishnu is the preserver and it is considered that he maintains the order and harmony of the universe. Vishnu is said to be the mysterious God and have power on the elements like rain and fire. He is usually worshipped in the form of an avatar.
- Lakshmi is the female Goddess and the wife of Vishnu. She is considered to have the power of wealth and prosperity.
- Shiva is considered as third God and has power of destruction which is regenerative.
- Parvati the female Goddess is known as divine mother and she was the reincarnation of Shiva’s first wife.
Apart from these 3 main God and Goddesses there are number of deities who are worshiped in the Hinduism; some of them are Ganapati / Ganesh, Murugan, Kali Maata, Durga, Sheera wali Maa (Mother of Lions), Rama (7th Avatar of Vishnu), Krishana (8th Avatar of Vishnu), Ardhanarishvara, Hanuman and Surya. Although the list is not limited to them only and the worship is practiced for the main God and their Avatars as well. From India, Nepal, Bhutan to China, Japan and Thailand the Hinduism God and Goddesses are orthodoxy worshipped and believed as well. In Hinduism, deities may be hosted in a Hindu temple, within a home or as a good luck charm and yet they opt is as their believe or practice.