Why are there so many Hindu Gods?
Hindus actually only believe in one God, Brahman, the eternal origin who is the cause and foundation of all existence. The gods of the Hindu faith represent different forms of Brahman. These gods are sent to help people find the universal God (Brahman).
Most Hindus have a personal god or godess such as Shiva, Krishna or Lakshmi to whom they pray regularly.
The three most important Hindu gods (forms of Brahman) are:
Other Hindu gods include:
Saraswathi - Goddess of Wisdom - Wife of Lord Brahma. (Description)
Saraswathi is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and all the creative arts.
Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth - Wife of Lord Vishnu. (Description)
Lakshmi is the goddess of light, beauty, good fortune and wealth.
Parvati - regarded as a representation of Shakti. Parvati is the wife of Lord Shiva and the Godess of household and motherhood.
(Shakti is by literal definition sacred force, power, or energy. Shakti is the personnification of Brahman as feminine)
Ganesha - Son of Shiva and Parvati. (Description)
The Hindu god in a human form but with the head of an elephant.(pictured right)
Pictures and descriptions of Hindu Gods
Images of Hindu Gods(updated link)
The 5 five articles of faith - Panj Kakkar
Sikhs display their commitment to their beliefs by wearing the Sikh articles of faith. The five articles of faith start with the "k" alphabet in Punjabi, and are thereby referred to as the 5 K's.
1. Kesh (uncut hair)
2. Kangha (comb)
3. Kara (steel bracelet)
4. Kirpan (sword)
5. Kaccha - Kachhera (soldier’s shorts)
Uncut Hair (Kesh) - SPIRITUALITY
Sikhs do not cut their hair (kesh) but let it grow as a symbol of their faith. Because during their lifetimes it will get very long Sikh men wear turbans to keep it tidy.
Sikh women may either wear a turban or a scarf.
Comb (Kanga) - CLEANLINESS
The kanga is similar to a small comb and affirms its bearer’s commitment to society. It is tucked neatly in a Sikh's uncut hair.
Just as a comb helps to remove the tangles and cleans the hair, the Kanga is a spiritual reminder to shed impurities of thought.
Steel Bracelet (Kara) - GOOD DEEDS
The kara is worn around one’s wrist like a bracelet and its circular shape reminds a Sikh that the Creator (God) is infinite—without a beginning and
without an end
The Last two are a reminder that Sikhs are warriors and always fight for righteousness.
Scimitar (Kirpan) - PROTECTION
The kirpan resembles a sword and symbolises the protection of the weak by Sikhs. It is hung near a Sikh's waist with a shoulder strap.
Soldiers long Undershorts (Kaccha) SELF DISCIPLINE
The kaccha (also spelt Kachhera) is similar to a soldier's undershorts, a loose, white, cotton undergarment. It reminds the Sikh of the need for self-restrain over
passions and desires.