An Introduction to Hindu God and Goddesses


There is a remarkable religious tolerance embedded within the pantheon of endless Hindu gods and goddesses, which allows everyone to experience the divine in a way that suits him or her best at any particular time.  This explains how it is possible for different gods and goddesses to be worshipped by different members of the same family; and also by the same person at different times of his or her life.

For those of you that are new to Hinduism, this may seem strange.  Most of you are more familiar with religions that are less obviously tolerant towards other points of views.  But if you were to ask a Hindu how their gods and goddesses relate to each other, you would invariably get a response that goes something like this:

“Well of course there is only one supreme God, nameless and without form.  All the gods and goddess are simply representations of this one god or divine energy.  But this is the particular form I like to pray to God in best.”

It’s because of this acceptance that God can take many forms that Hindus are so willing to accept the religious beliefs and practices of other religions so readily.  Would you like to know more about some of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses?  I will write about several of them in blogs to come.  Stay tuned.

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