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Dive deeper into the oldest religion of the world, Hinduism, and the incredible lives of its valiant Gods and Goddesses

Hinduism is a religion with different Gods and Goddesses. As indicated by Hinduism, three Gods rule the world- the creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, the preserver of the universe, Lord Vishnu, and the annihilator of evil, Shiva. Vishnu took care of his business of safeguarding the world by embodying himself in various avatars now and again during times of emergency. The three major Gods of the world have consorts and they are goddesses as well. Brahma is married to Sarasvati; the goddess of learning. Lord Vishnu is married to Lakshmi; the goddess of wealth and success. Shiva's wife is Parvati who is also worshipped by her devotees as Kali or Durga.

Other than these Gods and Goddesses there are various minor Gods and Goddesses. Some of them are, Lord Ganesh; who has an elephant's head and he is the child of Shiva and Parvati, Hanuman; who is a monkey, Surya; Lord of the sun, Ganga Ma; Goddess of River Ganges; Samundra; Lord of the ocean, Indra; ruler of the Gods ( yet he is anything but a significant God), Prithvi; Goddess of earth, Shakti; Goddess of solidarity. The Hindus call their Goddesses 'Ma' or mother. A few divine beings have more than one name. Shiva is lovingly called Shankar, Mahadev, Natraj, Mahesh, and numerous different names. Ganesh is called Ganpati. Lord Vishnu manifested multiple times to act as the protector of the material realm and in all his appearances he had alternate avatars which are also revered as Gods. Among his avatars, he showed up as Rama, Krishna, Narsimha, Parsuram, and Buddha. Krishna additionally has various names, including Gopal; Kishan; Shyam among others. Numerous divinities can be perceived by the unique symbols related to them. Shiva is frequently represented by the 'linga' or 'tripundra' - the three flat lines on his brow. Similarly, Krishna can be recognized by the peacock feather he wears on his head and by the prong-like imprint on his forehead.

Books written on Hindu Gods and Goddesses chronicle their incredible journeys, teachings, and anecdotes from their awe-inspiring lives; help devotees take a deeper dive into the lives of heavenly sacred beings they respect the most. Divinities are a vital component of sacred Hindu books/texts. They tell us stories about deities (devas and devīs) who represent different cosmic powers through the fire, wind, sun, dawn, darkness, earth, etc. 

Q1. What is the most sacred book in Hinduism?

The Vedas, signifying "pure knowledge," are the most ancient and sacred text of Hinduism. They are procured from the antiquated Indo-Aryan culture of the Indian Subcontinent and find their roots in oral practice through the ages before being written in Vedic Sanskrit somewhere around 1500 and 500 BCE. There are four types- Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Atharvaveda. Vedic writing is perhaps the best wellspring of Ancient Indian History.

Q2. What are the Upanishads about and why are they important?

The Upanishads are one of the most sacred philosophical texts in Hinduism. They contain the lessons of numerous incredible religious educators and holy people. They are accepted to be 108 Upanishads in total, out of which 11 are viewed as the primary Upanishads. The Upanishads emphasize the importance of worshipping one God. The Upanishads draw a differentiation between man's exact self and his Atman. The exact self is the existential self, liable to distress and tough times and likely to change. The Atman is constant, that notices the experimental peculiarities yet is undeterred and undying. They are "teachings of wisdom" that investigate the more profound importance of penance. Jnana - progressive insight that changes and edifies one's cognizance - is a significant objective of Upanishadic lessons.