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Agni

Agni is the Hindu god of fire, the guardian of homes, and the protector of

humans against evil.


Annapurna

In Hindu mythology, Annapurna is a goddess of foodstuff. She who causes the

continual transformation of substance into energy.


Aum

Aum is the sacred mystical syllable representing the Hindu trinity.


Avatar

Avatar (Avatara) in Hindu mythology is an incarnation of a deity.


Brahma

Brahma is the Hindu supreme god and creator of the cosmos.


Chaya

In Hindu mythology, Chaya is the goddess of the beneficial effects of muted and

dappled sunlight. She is the matron of metal-workers.


Durga

Durga is a Hindu deity. She is depicted as having ten arms. Her most famous

exploit was slaying Mahisha. The festival of Durga puja is celebrated annually

in her honour.


Dyaus

In Hindu mythology, Dyaus is the god of the sky.


Ganesa

Ganesa is an elephant headed Hindu god. He is the son of Siva and Parvati.


Hanuman

In Hindu mythology, Hanuman is the monkey god and King of Hindustan. He

assisted Rama in the recovery of his wife, Sita, from Ravana of Lanka.


Hindu

see "Hinduism"


Hinduism

Hinduism is a religion that originated in India.


Ida

In Hindu mythology, Ida is a goddess of earth, abundant food and nourishment.

She is the granter of any blessings invoked through her.


Indra

Indra is the Hindu sky god. He is depicted as a four-armed man on a white

elephant carrying a thunderbolt. It is he who slashes the clouds with his

thunderbolt to release the rain.


Indrani

In Hindu mythology, Indrani is a voluptuously beautiful goddess. She who makes

possible the perception of form through the eye.


Jagadhamba

In Hindu mythology, Jagadhamba was the goddess of the cosmic energy which

motivates evolution, She Who dances the dance of life. Equivalent to the

Dravidian goddess Jyestha.


Jaganath

In Hindu mythology, Jaganath was a hideously ugly god made from Krishna's bones

after the god's spirit returned to heaven.


Jara

In Hindu mythology, Jara is the goddess of the household, domestic health,

happiness and prosperity. The night-eater of corpses.


Kali

Kali is the Hindu goddess of destruction and death. She is the wife of Siva.


Krishna

In Hindu mythology Krishna is the supreme god, or to some people the only god.

He was the eighth avatar of Vishnu and was sent into the world to kill the

demon-king Kansa who had outlawed Vishnu-worship and upset the universal

balance between good and evil.


Lakshami

Lakshami is the Hindu goddess of wealth and beauty.


Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and beauty. She is the consort of Vishnu

and is celebrated during Diwali.


Mahisha

Mahisha was chief of the demons in Hindu mythology. He was killed by Durga.


Manu

In Hindu mythology, Manu was the founder of the human race. He was saved by

Brahma from a deluge.


Mara

In Hindu mythology, Mara is a goddess of death.


Maruts

In Hindu mythology, the Maruts are the fierce storm-beings who toss the sea

into foam.


Meru

In Hindu mythology, Meru is a mountain at the North Pole, supposed to be an

abode of the gods.


Parashurama

In Hindu mythology, Parashurama was the sixth avatar of Vishnu. He was the

youngest son of a forest dwelling hermit with a family of sons. He was both a

devout servant of the gods and a keen huntsman. In return for his prayers the

gods gave him unerring skill with a bow, but demons afraid that he would use

his archery against them stole his bow. Vishnu answered his prayers and entered

him and gave him a battle-axe and told him to use it to fight the enemies of

the gods. While Parashurama was praying on a mountain, his mother coming home

saw two people making love in a forest pool and became sexually excited.

Returning home her husband detected her impure thoughts and ordered each of his

sons in turn to behead her, each refused and their father punished them by

making them as stupid as the cattle they looked after. When Parashurama arrived

home with the battle-axe he understood his father's request, and cut off his

mothers head. Immediately her head touched the floor she was restored to life

cleansed of her impure thoughts, and Parashurama's father rewarded him with

immunity from death in war.


Radha

In Hindu mythology, Radha is the creative, life-sustaining, auspicious,

benevolent, loving and redemptive goddess of the Gopis.


Rajarajesvari

In Hindu mythology, Rajarajesvari is a goddess of world sustaining

transcendental knowledge. She whose glances delight the universe.


Rakshasa

In Hindu mythology, the Rakshasa are male demons capabale of assuming the form

of animals or humans they are completely evil, powerful creatures that delight

in spreading fear, confusion, chaos, and destruction among human families and

communities, finishing the trouble they cause in a murderous, ghoulish feast

upon human flesh. They are among the most feared of all creatures, for they

delight in mental torture of their victims.


Rakshasi

In Hindu mythology, a Rakshasi is the female form of a Rakshasa.


Ravana

In Hindu mythology, Ravana is the demon King of Lanka who abducted Sita, the

wife of Rama.


Rohini

In Hindu mythology, Rohini (Red-One) is a fine-eyed goddess of stars and the

rising sun. Ruler of the annual cycle and the light of knowledge.


Sakti

In Hindu mythology, Sakti is the goddess of cosmic energy, the will of

evolution. It is she who gives birth to all force and all form.


Sarasvati

In Hindu mythology, Sarasvati (She-who-flows-eloquently-onward), is a young and

beautiful four-armed goddess of fertility, procreation, purification and

literature.


Savitar

In Hindu mythology, Savitar is an all-powerful sun god. He cut off one hand at

a sacrifice, and priests gave him a golden hand to replace it.


Sita

In Hindu mythology, Sita is a goddess of spring, agriculture and the earth. She

is the Corn Mother, the field which brings forth bounteously.


Uma

In Hindu mythology, Uma is a name of the goddess Kali.


Urmya

In Hindu and Vedic mythology, Urmya is a goddess of night and the celestial

order. Protectress of sleep and she who guards against thieves.


Vac

In Hindu and Vedic mythology, Vac is the goddess of language, writing and

writing-systems. She is the matron of mental endeavours and the source of voice.


Vajravarahi

In Hindu mythology, Vajravarahi (Strength-of-the-Sow) is the goddess of wisdom

through experience who drives away evil spirits such as depression.


Varuna

In Hindu mythology, Varuna is a thousand-eyed god who sees all that happens in

the world.


Varuni

In Hindu and Vedic mythology, Varuni was originally the waters of origin, she

became the goddess of golden liquor, wine and intoxication.


Vayu

In Hindu mythology, Vayu is the god of the winds.


Visahari

In Hindu mythology, Visahari is a shape-shifting goddess of earth, uberty and

the underworld. She is the controller of snakes and the spirit of mind.


Vritra

In Hindu mythology, Vritra is the snake of darkness. Enemy of Indra.


Yama

In Hindu mythology, Yama is the god of the dead, who judges and punishes souls.

He is represented as of a green colour, four-armed, clad in garments of fire,

crowned and seated on a buffalo. He holds a mace and noose, and drags the souls

of the condemned out of the bodies to the judgement-seat.

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