can be loosely described as any benevolent supernatural being
_liberation, and/or destruction
embodies the active energy and power of male deities
_knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning
_wife of Brahma
_wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.
_wife of Vishnu
_her four hands represent the four goals of human life considered proper in Hindu way of life – dharma, kama, artha, and moksha
_goddess of love, fertility and devotion
_Wife of Shiva
meaning “Power” or “empowerment,” is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism
_remover of obstacles
_patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom
_commander-in-chief of the army of the devas
_fiercer form of Parvati
_black, time, death, lord of death
_Rama is considered to be one of the most important avatars of Vishnu
_Krishna is generally recognized as an avatar of Lord Vishnu
_several texts also present him as an incarnation of Lord Shiva
_”the Supreme Light”
_ is the chief solar deity in Hinduism and generally refers to the Sun.
_Indra is the supreme deity_
_He is the god of rain and thunderstorms
_Śakra in the
was the religion of the Indo-Aryans of northern India. It is a historical predecessor of modern Hinduism, though significantly different from it.
In Hindu mythology_ god of all forms of the water element_ particularly the oceans.
_as well as a god of law of the underwater world.
_Makara is his mount.
lokapala = “Guardian of the Directions” of the south
_His Egyptian counterpart is Osiris
Yama although one of the most powerful controllers, is still subordinate to Shiva and Vishnu because they are different aspects of the overruling Brahman.
A story of Yama’s subordination to Shiva is well-illustrated in the case of Markandeya, where Shiva as_
_Ender of Death_as the Conqueror of Time and Death, itself personified by the god Yama.
_He is depicted as defeating or killing Yama when the latter comes to take the life of Shiva’s devotee Markandeya.
_Shiva is often depicted as dancing on Death, personified by Yama
Another story found in the Bhagavata Purana shows Yama’s subordination to Vishnu. The man Ajamila had committed many evil acts during his life such as stealing, abandoning his wife and children, and marrying a prostitute.
Moment of his death he involuntarily chanted the name of Narayana (another Sanskrit name for Vishnu) and achieved moksha, saved from the messengers of Yama. Although Ajamila had actually been thinking the name of his youngest son, Narayana’s name has powerful effects, and thus Ajamila was released from his great sins.
NARAYANA = is the Vedic Supreme God (including his different avatars) in Hinduism, venerated as the Supreme Being in Vaishnavism. He is also known as Vishnu and Hari and is venerated as Purushottama or Supreme Purusha in Hindu sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas and the Puranas.
Bhagavata Purana declares Narayana as Para Brahman Supreme Lord who creates unlimited universes and enters each one of them as Lord of Universe. Narayana engages in creation of 14 worlds within the universe as Brahma when he deliberately accepts rajas guna. Narayana himself sustains, maintains and preserves the universe as Vishnu when he accepts sattva guna and annihilates the universe at the end of maha-kalpa as Shiva or Rudra when he accepts tamas guna. According to this reference, the holy Trimurti is non-different from Narayana.
Narayana is also venerated as Mukunda which means God who is giver of mukti or Moksha or liberation from cycle of births and deaths in the material world