Avatars Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture

Avatars  Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture

Understanding the assorted Divinities or gods and goddesses of the Vedic or Hindu pantheon is not so difficult as some people may think when it is presented simply and effectively. And that is what you will find in this book.

Author: Stephen Knapp

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1453613765

Category: Religion

Page: 230

View: 619

Understanding the assorted Divinities or gods and goddesses of the Vedic or Hindu pantheon is not so difficult as some people may think when it is presented simply and effectively. And that is what you will find in this book. This will open you to many of the possibilities and potentials of the Vedic tradition, and show how it has been able to cater to and fulfill the spiritual needs and development of so many people since time immemorial. Here you will find there is something for everyone. This takes you into the heart of the deep, Vedic spiritual knowledge of how to perceive the Absolute Truth, the Supreme and the various powers and agents of the universal creation. This explains the characteristics and nature of the Vedic Divinities and their purposes, powers, and the ways they influence and affect the natural energies of the universe. It also shows how they can assist us and that blessings from them can help our own spiritual and material development and potentialities, depending on what we need. Some of the Vedic Divinities that will be explained include Lord Krishna, Vishnu, Their main avatars and expansions, along with Brahma, Shiva, Ganesh, Murugan, Surya, Hanuman, as well as the goddesses of Sri Radha, Durga, Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and others. This also presents explanations of their names, attributes, dress, weapons, instruments, the meaning of the Shiva lingam, and some of the legends and stories that are connected with them. This will certainly give you a new insight into the expansive nature of the Vedic tradition.
Categories: Religion

The Reign of the Vedic Gods

The Reign of the Vedic Gods

If you know little or nothing about Hindu mythology, this is your ideal starting point where you will meet the overwhelming array of Hindu gods and learn about their wonderful stories.

Author: Swami Achuthananda

Publisher: Relianz Communications Pty Ltd

ISBN: 9780975788318

Category: Religion

Page: 202

View: 337

Home to one of the ancient civilizations of the world, India is also the birthplace of a dizzying array of gods worshipped by millions of Hindus living in India and across the globe. Over the centuries many of these gods rose to power and became the object of utmost devotion, only to fall from grace and lose their standing. These deities shared a peculiar trait: they were never perfect. In this multivolume series entitled, The Galaxy of Hindu Gods, Sach takes you on an extended journey to meet with the gods and share their tales with you. Among the multitude of deities, the most ancient are the Vedic gods, which include luminaries like Indra, Surya, Varuna, Agni, and others. Today a minor deity, the Vedic Indra was once the ruler of the three worlds who, under the influence of a mysterious power drink, fought with the demons and vanquished them. His reign did not last long. His comrades Surya and Varuna also had their glory days but were overthrown by other gods of the pantheon. Yet, after thousands of years, gods like Indra, Surya, and Varuna are still household names and honored in Hindu rituals and traditions. If you know little or nothing about Hindu mythology, this is your ideal starting point where you will meet the overwhelming array of Hindu gods and learn about their wonderful stories.
Categories: Religion

The Vedic Gods Goddesses and Divinities

The Vedic Gods  Goddesses and Divinities

Thus this book has been written to fill that gap. The subject matter has been taken from the original texts, as far as possible. The language has been kept as close to spoken one, as possible.

Author: Prof Ram Nath Mishra

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1505295580

Category:

Page: 202

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While working, both in industry and academia, I came across the fact that young Hindus have no recourse to centralized information about Original Hinduism which leave them with a feeling of not being adequately connected with their roots.. The same problem was voiced by Non-Resident Indians and other Persons of Indian Origin, abroad wherever I interacted with them, during my professional career. Thus this book has been written to fill that gap. The subject matter has been taken from the original texts, as far as possible. The language has been kept as close to spoken one, as possible. This volume covers THE VEDIC GODS, GODDESSES AND DIVINITIES: * VEDIC GODS * VEDIC GODDESSES * DIKPAALS (GUARDIAN GODS OF THE SPACE) * NAVAGRAH (THE NINE COSMIC INFLUENCING PLANET-GODS).
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A Study of Deities of Rig Veda with the Help of Science

A Study of Deities of Rig Veda  with the Help of Science

This Is Probably For The First Time That A Serious Study Of Deities Of Rig Veda Has Been Made With The Help Of Modern Research Methodology And Science To Find Out What The Rishis Had Said, A Few Thousand Years Back, About The Deities.

Author: Shanti Swarup Gupta

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 9788170174486

Category: Gods, Hindu

Page: 260

View: 764

This Is Probably For The First Time That A Serious Study Of Deities Of Rig Veda Has Been Made With The Help Of Modern Research Methodology And Science To Find Out What The Rishis Had Said, A Few Thousand Years Back, About The Deities. Efforts Were Also Made To Identify These Gods. It Is A Finding Of Great Importance That What Rishis Had Said About These Gods Is Being Corroborated By The Western Science Today. Dr. Gupta Has Grouped These 33 Gods Of Rig Veda In Three Categories: (I) Natural Phenomena Gods Sky, Earth, Fire, Air And Water. All The Material Things Are Produced By Their Permutations And Combinations. These Five Natural Phenomena Gods Have Their Sub-Gods Also. For Example, Agni Has Surya Agni (Nuclear Energy), Apan Napat Agni (Agni In The Sky Like Lightning), Davanal (Agni On Earth), Badvanal (Agni In The Oceans Or Water) And Jathragni (Agni In The Body); (Ii) Gods Connected With Soul Energy Such As Vishnu (Can Be Compared With A Modern Generating Station), Brahama, Who Induces The Tiny, Invisible, Weightless Particles Of Soul Energy In All The Living Beings To Give Them Life, Shiva, Who, At An Interval Of Time, Takes Out This Particle Of Soul Energy From All The Living Beings And They All Become Dead, And Yama, Who And Whose Assistants Take These Tiny Particles Of Soul To A Place Called Yama Loka; (Iii) Craftsmen Gods Such As Vishvakarma, Tvastha And Ribhugan Who Assemble And Mix The Five Basic Elements In Different Proportions To Create Structures Or Forms So That Soul-Particles Can Be Introduced In Them; And (Iv) Miscellaneous Gods Such As Rishis And Other Men, Animals (Cow, Frog, Etc.) Raised To Godhood, And Other Important Things Like Meaning Of Prayer, Does Rig Veda Give History Etc.
Categories: Gods, Hindu

Minor Vedic Deities

Minor Vedic Deities

Author: J. R. Joshi

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015011545467

Category: Hindu gods

Page: 220

View: 770

Categories: Hindu gods

Vedic Deities

Vedic Deities

This text brings out the spiritual character of the Veda applying Sri Aurobindo's method of esoteric interpretation and following the lead of Sri T.V. Kapaly Sastry.

Author: M. P. Pandit

Publisher: Lotus Press (WI)

ISBN: 0941524450

Category: Religion

Page: 129

View: 927

This text brings out the spiritual character of the Veda applying Sri Aurobindo's method of esoteric interpretation and following the lead of Sri T.V. Kapaly Sastry. The question arises of whether the gods of the Veda are simply nature elements deified by a primitive society, or are they essential divine powers and personalities of a Supreme Godhead in manifestation.
Categories: Religion

Hindu Gods Goddesses

Hindu Gods   Goddesses

This book explains the nature of the Vedic divinities, their purposes and powers, and the ways they influence and affect the natural energies of the universe.

Author: Stephen Knapp

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

ISBN: 9788184953664

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 363

UNDERSTANDING VEDIC HINDU DIVINITIES Understanding the assorted divinities or gods and goddesses of the Vedic or Hindu pantheon is not so difficult when it is presented simply and effectively. And that is what you will find in this book. This will open you to many of the possibilities and potentials of the Vedic tradition, and show how it has been able to cater and fulfill the spiritual needs and development of so many people since time immemorial. This book explains the nature of the Vedic divinities, their purposes and powers, and the ways they influence and affect the natural energies of the universe. It also shows how they can assist us and that blessings from them can help our own spiritual and material development and potentialities, depending on what we need. The divinities include Lord Krishna, Vishnu, their main avatars and expansions, along with Brahma, Shiva, Ganesh, Murugan, Surya, Hanuman, as well as the goddesses including Radha, Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi. We find explanations of their names, attributes, dress, weapons, instruments, the meaning of the Shiva lingam, and some of the legends and stories connected with them.
Categories: Religion

Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Hindu Gods and Goddesses

This self-contained volume presents a comprehensive picture of the gods and goddesses commonly worshiped in India; their origins, and their related myths and legends.

Author: W. J. Wilkins

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486431567

Category: Religion

Page: 499

View: 121

The Hindu pantheon comprises such a multitude of gods and goddesses that even the most devout can find it difficult to remember their names and characteristics. This self-contained volume presents a comprehensive picture of the gods and goddesses commonly worshiped in India; their origins, and their related myths and legends. It covers the deities from both the Vedic and Puranic literature, as well as demons, sacred birds, and other lore, all accompanied by excellent illustrations from traditional sources.
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The Myths and Gods of India

The Myths and Gods of India

Our debt to Alain Danielou's scholarship and deep humanity is immeasurable." --James Kirkup, The Independent "The physical aspects of this book and its arrangements are beyond reproach.

Author: Alain Daniélou

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 0892813547

Category: History

Page: 441

View: 634

Examines the significance of the most prominent Hindu deities and discusses the philosophy of polytheism and the representation and worship of the deities
Categories: History

The Little Book of Hindu Deities

The Little Book of Hindu Deities

The Little Book of Hindu Deities is chock-full of monsters, demons, noble warriors, and divine divas.

Author: Sanjay Patel

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101657799

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 274

Pixar animator and Academy Award–nominated director Sanjay Patel (Sanjay’s Super Team) brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses—and one sacred stone—in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The Little Book of Hindu Deities is chock-full of monsters, demons, noble warriors, and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut his off!); why Kali, the goddess of time, is known as the “Black One” (she’s a bit goth); and what “Hare Krishna” really means. “Throw another ingredient in the American spirituality blender. Pop culture is veering into Hinduism.”—USA Today
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The R gvedic Deities and Their Iconic Forms

The R  gvedic Deities and Their Iconic Forms

The present work is conditioned by a kind of unconventional approach to the study of Vedic elements of iconic forms and concepts especially those mentioned in Rgveda, She feels that all gods of Hinduism are basically the gods of the Rgveda ...

Author: Jyotsna Chawla

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015024945365

Category: Art and religion

Page: 226

View: 175

Illustrations: Numerous B/w Illustrations Description: India's cultural traditions have their origin in diverse sources embedded in the life style of various pre- and proto-historic communities occupying different parts of the sub-continent in the various periods of their existence. Despite high antiquity of several archaeological finds, one has to admit that the earliest recorded references of India's cultural philosophy and ideological concepts are found only in the textual data of Rgveda, which show an already developed stage of thought. The importance of Vedic philosophy and religious concepts especially those defining the form of divinities lies in the fact that they preserve in them the seeds of later Hinduism to a considerable extent. The Rgveda contains references to various types of divinities which have been classified into three broad groups viz., (i) Terrestrial deities like Prithvi, Soma, Agni, (ii) Atmospheric gods like Indra, Vayu, Maruts, Parjanya, and (iii) Heavenly divinities like Varuna, Dyaus, Asvins, Surya, Savitr, Mitra, Pusana and Visnu. Of these last five were regarded as different phases of sun's movements. Varuna, who has been extolled in many hymns, is also associated with the concept of Rta, i.e. the cosmic and moral order. The Rgveda mentions some goddess too like Prthivi, Usas or the dawn, ratri, Ila Bharati or Sarasvati. A few gods like Dyava-Prthivi (i.e. the sky and the earth) are vitally significant for later iconographic development. To propitiate these gods the Rgvedic people made offerings of milk, ghee grains, etc. through sacrificial oblations and chanted hymns in their praise which, undoubtedly, suggest presence of the elements of Bhakti (deep devotional urge) in the Vedic religion. The present work is conditioned by a kind of unconventional approach to the study of Vedic elements of iconic forms and concepts especially those mentioned in Rgveda, She feels that all gods of Hinduism are basically the gods of the Rgveda which changed their forms from time to time to meet the demand of the people. In her view these developments are well attested to by the literature of historical times, e.g. the Smrtis and the Puranas. According to Chawla the early idea of image-making can be traced back in the hymns of the Rgveda particularly in the poetic imagery of early Vedic seers. She agrees that most of the Vedic deities, no doubt, originally represented the forces of nature but in the course of time, during the Rgvedic age itself, she feels that iconic concepts in regard to at least some divinities had already come into vogue. The author had also located and analysed certain Vedic terms preserving in them clues pertaining to bodily features of some deities. The representation of form as reflected in the expressions like rupani pimsatu and rupam sukrtam, is an indication of some kind of artistic activity in Rgvedic times. Perhaps emergence of the concept of Tvastr, the divine craftsman/artist, was a result of constantly growing creative urge of Rgvedic societies. Dr. Chawla views the whole growth of Hindu iconography as a continuous process of development from the period of the Rgveda onwards under the cover of religious philosophies. Yet, she does not deny the role of Indus civilization and external mythological import. Jyotsna Chawla further invites our attention to the Iconographic parellelism between the concept of Dyava-Prthivi, the eternal parents, and the one reflected in the unified form available in the Puranic iconography of Ardhanarisvara. She traces the growth of the iconic forms of Rgvedic deities like Siva, Surya, Soma, Yama, Asvins, etc. in the later periods when the Puranas were compiled. She has beautifully analysed the Vedic symbolism and the attributes held by various gods in the form of vajra, pasa, danda, sruk and sruva in a logical manner.
Categories: Art and religion

Minor Vedic Deities

Minor Vedic Deities

of the Vedic age . At different periods in the course of that history , Vedic
mythology had been dominated by different Vedic gods . There is another aspect
of the evolutionary character of Vedic mythology . The essentially heterogeneous
 ...

Author: J. R. Joshi

Publisher: Pune : University of Poona

ISBN: UVA:X001478666

Category: Gods, Hindu

Page: 220

View: 107

Categories: Gods, Hindu

Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Edward Moor published The Hindu Pantheon in 1810, and this new volume draws upon his exposition of India's religious iconography to offer a spectacular array of images of Hindu deities.

Author: Edward Moor

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486451312

Category: Religion

Page: 104

View: 157

Reflecting the spirit of East Indian myths, legends, and fables, these illustrations were compiled by one of the nineteenth century's foremost Orientalists. Edward Moor published The Hindu Pantheon in 1810, and this new volume draws upon his exposition of India's religious iconography to offer a spectacular array of images of Hindu deities. Dramatic engravings and line drawings include scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as temple images of Krishna, Vishnu, Siva, and other major gods and goddesses. Many are derived from bronze figurines; others are reproduced from manuscript illustrations. All appear with captions for ease of identification.
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Hindu Mythology Vedic and Pur nic

Hindu Mythology  Vedic and Pur  nic

For anyone interested in the subject, or for anyone approaching an epic such as the Mahabharata, a good guide is needed, and none has equaled Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic by W.J. Wilkins for completeness and clarity.

Author: William Joseph Wilkins

Publisher: Calcutta : Thacker, Spink ; Bombay : Thacker ; London : W. Thacker

ISBN: OXFORD:591054641

Category: Gods, Hindu

Page: 411

View: 907

Hindu mythology can easily become a bewildering subject. There are a vast number of gods, demigods and supernatural beings (some writers refer to as many as 330 million deities). More than this, the beliefs concerning them, their roles in religious practice, and their manifestations in different texts vary according to time, place, and tradition throughout India's vast territory and long history. For anyone interested in the subject, or for anyone approaching an epic such as the Mahabharata, a good guide is needed, and none has equaled Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic by W.J. Wilkins for completeness and clarity.
Categories: Gods, Hindu

Composite Deities in Indian Art and Literature

Composite Deities in Indian Art and Literature

The Hindu pantheon with one supreme God as an Invincible All - Powerful -
Divinity admitted numerous minor deities under it , and sometimes combining a
couple or even more divinities that represented different cultural forces , or a ...

Author: Shanti Lal Nagar

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015021596997

Category: Arts, Indic

Page: 180

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Categories: Arts, Indic