HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE IN HINDUISM
One of the most important things to understand about Hinduism is that it is not a monotheistic religion, but instead a henotheistic one. This means that while Hindus believe in one universal divine force, they do not subscribe to the idea of a single supreme God. Instead there are many gods who manifest as different aspects of this universal divinity.
The key point to note here is that Hinduism does not believe in a single supreme God, but instead believe in many gods, who are manifestations of one universal divine force.
Hinduism is polytheistic, meaning that Hindus believe in multiple gods. While this might seem like a strange idea to those of us who grew up learning about monotheistic religions (such as Christianity), it’s important to remember that Hinduism doesn’t adhere to the same principles as other religions.
Instead of having one supreme God who created everything and rules over all things, Hindus believe that there are many manifestations of one universal divine force–and these manifestations take many forms. Some examples include Vishnu and Shiva (the two most popular gods), as well as Saraswati (the goddess of knowledge). You can also find male or female versions of any given deity depending on where you’re from; for example: Shiva is often depicted with a beard while Parvati has long hair and wears jewelry around her neck like earrings or necklaces instead.
The most important figures in the Hindu pantheon are Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.
Brahma is the creator god. He is also known as Prajapati or Hiranyagarbha and has four heads representing different aspects of creation: creation of matter (earth); production of life forms (plants); propagation of species (animals) and preservation/destruction of existing beings at regular intervals so that new ones can be created again (himself).
The second most important deity after Brahma is Shiva who represents destruction through his powers over time and death; but he also stands for purification through destruction because nothing dies without first being destroyed by Shiva’s energy–this means that destruction ultimately leads to transformation rather than annihilation! Vishnu is another important deity who protects all living beings from harm; he does this by assuming various incarnations such as Rama or Krishna throughout history whenever there’s need for protection against evil forces threatening human existence.
Brahma is regarded as the creator god and the primary deity of the Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity).
Brahma is the first god to be born from the cosmic egg and is considered to be the creator of the universe and all living things. He is also known as Brahma, Ishwara or Purusha depending on which part of Hinduism you are looking at.
Brahma’s consort is Saraswati – goddess of knowledge and music – who represents his creative aspect while Siva represents his destructive side.
Shiva is known as ‘the destroyer’ and has several different personalities depending on his mood.
Shiva is known as ‘the destroyer’ and has several different personalities depending on his mood. In one of these moods, he is depicted as a handsome young man with long hair who dances with his consort Parvati (also known as Shakti). At other times, he is an ascetic meditating in deep caves or atop mountains; still other times he appears fierce and angry with three eyes and four arms carrying weapons like a trident or drum called damaru (an hourglass shaped drum).
Shiva’s various forms have different names: Mahadeva (“great god”); Rudra (“howler”); Bhairava (“terrible”); Nataraja (King of Dancers); Ardhanarishvara (half male/half female form). It is believed that Shiva’s moods are influenced by the moon — when it waxes full then wanes away again before reaching fullness again he becomes more peaceful; when it grows dark at night then brightens up during midday hours before becoming dark once more during evening hours he becomes angry!
Vishnu is regarded as being a protector of humanity and all living things.
Vishnu is regarded as being a protector of humanity and all living things. He is known to have incarnated himself on Earth in many different forms, including Krishna, Rama and Buddha.
Other important gods include Krishna, Rama and Ganesh.
Krishna is the eighth avatar of Vishnu and often depicted as a blue-skinned young man playing the flute or another musical instrument. He’s also known for his romantic relationships with many gopis (cow herders), who follow him around like groupies at concerts. The most famous story about Krishna involves him defeating an evil king named Kamsa by killing all of his children except one: Balarama (who was born after he had already killed all his other siblings). After killing Kamsa, Krishna went on to become king himself when he defeated Jarasandha–another evil king who had taken over several kingdoms in India during this time period–by cutting off both his arms with his sword Bhargava
Hinduism has many gods
Hinduism is polytheistic. The Hindus believe in many gods, each with their own roles and functions. These gods can be male or female, human or animal–they are all manifestations of Brahman (ultimate reality).
The various Hindu deities have been grouped into three categories:
- Devas (gods) – Celestial beings who live in heaven on Mount Meru and serve various functions such as rain-making, fertility and protection from evil forces. They are often depicted as having a human body with wings attached to their shoulders; some also have animal heads like an elephant’s trunk or lion’s mane while others may have multiple arms raised upwards towards heaven while holding weapons such as swords or bows & arrows. Some deities also appear similar to humans but with an exaggerated facial feature such as larger eyes than normal humans would normally possess; these include Saraswati who has four arms instead of two like most other Hindu gods do so she can hold up her musical instrument known as Veena along with playing it at the same time!
So, there you have it. Hinduism is a religion that believes in many gods. The key point to note here is that Hinduism does not believe in a single supreme God, but instead believe in many gods who are manifestations of one universal divine force.