Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. This Hinduism is said to have almost 3o million gods in worship.
This is amazing figure to read. But in fact, it is said that these real gods and goddesses were born and lived in human form before they left. So Hindus never worship non-existent or imaginative gods.
The term hindu or Hinduism is coined to denote some name beside other religion.
So this religion or sect of people who follow this way of life worship many gods.
But most of them have one or rarely more than one god as their home deity.
And further they are free to pray whomever they want.
Among hindu gods, we can males, females and even animal forms. Even the nature and mother earth is considered god. So this religion gives great respect to even the nature around.
Hindu deities: features of hindu gods and goddesses
a. Shakti: The mother of universe and the actual god from whom the three fundamental gods emerged. These three are Bramha, vishnu and maheswara. They are responsible for all the worldly deeds. She is the powerful goddess and represented as fierce kali with weapons and many arms (hands) seating over a lion.
b. Bramha: The god who is said to create everything in the world. Since he creates everything, he is the father of creation. He can create any person, animal, weapon or anything which ever is needed. He has married goddess saraswathi. Since goddess also is his creation, it is considered sin as father can’t marry a daughter. Hence he is least worshiped. One can rarely find temples for him. He is said to have emerged from the navel of lord vishnu.
c. Vishnu: The most famous and powerful yield pleasant gods among the Hindu deities. He is said to be taking forms regularly as human to keep the society in right path. He is the one who has come to earth as lord Ram, Krishna, Venkateshwara (balaji), panduranga, kalki etc. He is worshiped prominently by many people among Hindus. He is said to be calm, pleasant and luxurious gods. His wife is goddess laxmi. While Bramha is said to be creator of universe, lord vishnu is said to be the maintainer of it.
d. Shiva: Lord shiva considered the greatest among gods. Hence named as maha dev (largest/ biggest god). He is married to goddess paravathi who is a from of goddess shakthi. Since she is the mother of universe, lord shiva is considered as father of the universe. Lord shiva is considered as the destroyer among the three gods. So the three gods bramha, vishnu and maheswara ( shiva) make up the trio of hindu basic gods.
e. Rama: Lord rama is said to be one of the incarnations of lord Vishnu. He is married to goddess sita. He was the son of the king dasaratha. He defeated the demon king ravana who was king of lanka. Ravana is said to have carried away (kidnapped) goddess sita in deceit. Lord Rama temple can be found in almost all the villages and town with decent Hindu population. He is regarded for his great values like devotion to parents, teachers, noble king and other excellent characters.
f. Krishna: Lord Krishna, the next incarnation of lord Vishnu was the brother of balaram the king of Dwaraka. He is one of the most prayed gods as symbol of wisdom, romance, intelligence and purity. His spiritual teachings and divine wisdom can be found in the bhagavad gita.
g. Balaji: The lord balaji, is quite famous and is another incarnation of lord Vishnu. His temple in tirupathi is said to be the richest in the world. After Vatican, it is believed to be the second largest.
He is married to two goddesses padmavathi and aliveli mangamma.
h. Laxmi: She is the goddess of wealth and luck. If one is ardent devotee to this goddess, he will be rid of poverty and bad luck. She is the wife of lord Vishnu. She is also said to be sister to the moon lord.
i. Saraswathi: Goddess saraswathi is the deity of education and learning. As mentioned before, she is the wife of lord brahma. Anyone who worships with devotion gets the blessing of comprehension and memory.
j. Ganesh: The son of lord shiva and paravathi. He is said to have given an elephant head by his father lord shiva. Interestingly he is made out of clay by goddess paravathi and given life. He is the god who can remove any sort of obstacles in your path of success. One is even blessed with wealth and wisdom due to him.
k. Hanuman: The most powerful gods yet in monkey form always near the foot of lord sri ram. You will be amaged to see his temples in every nook and corner of villages and towns. Even one can find his statues and idols under trees, on hills and mountains. He is said to be incarnation of lord shiva inorder to help lord rama. He believed to be present even today in his physical form and one can find at places where there is bhajan of lord shri ram. For benefits of praying him read how to pray lord hanuman.
l. murugan (kumara swamy bro of ganesh)
m. Ayyappa swamy
q. Pandu ranga.
r. 9 planets.
u. Trees and plants.