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Hindus believe that there is one great power, which rules the heavens and the sky. He, in the Hindu religion is known as Brahman.; also known as Bhagwan. However, this great power is known to the world in many other forms. He changes into other forms to perform his duty. That is how there are many gods and goddesses in the Hindu religion, too many to mention. Each god has his own special power, and grants for what he stands for. Some gods and goddesses are more known than others. It depends on what the devotee prays for. A true devotee will pray to their god every day, chant his name, and sing his praises. Which god and goddess stand for what? What do they grant to the person that prays to them?


The goddess of light, Lakshmi, is one of the most well known gods. She removes darkness, the personification of sin and ignorance. Her light brightens the path one travels, and leads them to prosperity and success. She is the dispeller of sickness and misery. One very special puja day that is observed in honor of Lord Lakshmi is Diwali. It comes around once a year in the months of late October and early November.


Mother Saraswati, is the goddess of knowledge and music. She carries the veena, a guitar- like instrument. Most youths pray to this god, for she grants wisdom.

Durga Mata

Another great goddess is Durga Mata. Another name for her is Maha Kaali. She removes all fears of births and deaths. She is the supporter and the destroyer. She punishes the wicked and rewards good people that pray to god. Pray to her and she will bless you. Then you will be able to perform miracles and be victorious in life.

Lord Ganesh

Lord Ganesh, he represents the ideal child. He also stands for knowledge and the remover of obstacles. He is the protector of all. He is Shiva’s and Parvati’s son. He has the face of an elephant and is a symbol of perfection. He is the giver of happiness and good fortune.


Shiva is the destroyer of all evil things. He is also the remover of sins and fear. He became blue when he saved the world from destruction. With his blessings you will be able to achieve anything in life.

Lord Ram

Lord Ram, he is the husband of Seeta. He controls birth and death. He is the destroyer of evil propensities. He grants mercy and forgiveness. He will also bless you with bliss and prosperity.


One great god is Hanuman Swami, the chief of monkeys. He holds up a mountain symbolizing his great strength. He is a great protector. One great praise to him is the Hanuman Chalisa. All 40 verses consists of asking Hanuman for his blessings, and praising him of all the good that he fought and stands for. 

As you can see the Hindu gods and goddesses are a beautiful part of our religion. They stand for good things. You don’t have to pray to every single one. You can pick one god, and be a true devotee to him. If you want to, you can pray to all the gods, but as one. Which ever god you pray to, it’s the same one great power. If you do things right, work hard, and pray to god, he will bless you. You will be able to accomplish many goals and dreams, if you put your mind to it, and God will help you get there.