A grouping of major Hindu deities.
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created March 30, 2017
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|Image||Name||Type||Description||Primary Tradition||Vehicle/Vahana||Holds in his/her hands:||Distinguishing Characteristics||Festival(s)||Consort/Spouse|
|Brahma||god||Creator||Non-sectarian, worshiped as part of the Trimurti||Swan||Vedas, rosary beads, ladle, water pot||Four heads and four arms. Often depicted as red-skinned.||Pushkar Fair||Sarasvati|
|Sarasvati||goddess||Goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts||Shaktism||Peacock or Swan||Book, rosary, water pot, musical instrument||Beautiful woman dressed in white with two to four arms||Vasant Panchami||Brahma|
|Vishnu||god||Preserver and Protector god||Vaishnavism||Garuda- Humanoid Bird||Lotus flower, mace, conch shell, discus||Blue complexion and four arms||Holi||Lakshmi|
|Lakshmi||goddess||Goddess of spiritual and material wealth and prosperity||Shaktism||Owl||Two lotus flowers, coins, one hand held up||Often depicted holding or sitting on a lotus, sometimes with elephants nearby. Four arms and red and gold clothing.||Diwali and Sharad Purnima||Vishnu|
|Shiva||god||Destroyer and creator god, god of yoga and meditation. Also, Lord of Dance (Nataraja).||Shaivism||Nandi- Bull||Trident, drum, Om symbol, resting in meditation||Third eye, serpent around his neck, the river Ganga flows from his hair. Sometimes covered in ashes like an ascetic. Blue throat.||Maha Shivaratri, Bhairava Ashtami||Parvati|
|Parvati||goddess||Mother||Shaktism and Shaivism||Lion||Conch shell, crown, mirror, rosary, bell, dish, sugarcane stalk, or flower.||Red clothing, often depicted holding her son Ganesha.||Teej, Gauri Habba, Navratri||Shiva|
|Ganesha||god||God of new beginnings, remover of obstacles||Non-sectarian||Mouse||Broken tusk, sweet, axe, noose||Human body and elephant head.||Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti||Riddhi and Siddhi|
|Murugan||god||War god||Kaumaram||Peacock||Spear, mace, discus, bow||Sometimes depicted with six heads, and twelve arms.||Skanda Shasti, Thaipusam||Devasena and Valli|
|Durga/Devi||goddess||Warrior goddess, fierce form of the Mother||Shaktism||Tiger||Chakra, conch shell, bow, arrow, sword, javelin, shield, noose, sometimes a writing implement||Between eight and eighteen arms, each holding a weapon. Often shown in the midst of battle with the buffalo demon. Despite her warlike posture, her face remains calm.||Navaratri, Durga Puja, Dashain||Shiva|
|Kali||goddess||Goddess of time, power, destruction and death||Shaktism||Donkey or Tiger||Sword, severed head, bowl, trident||Blue or black-skinned, usually depicted with a lolling tongue, a necklace of heads and skirt of arms, dancing on her consort. Between four and eighteen arms.||Kali Puja||Shiva|
|Rama||Avatar||Incarnation of Vishnu||Vaishnavism||n/a||Bow and arrows||Youthful, blue-skinned, wearing a yellow robe.||Rama Navami, Deepavali, Dussehra||Sita|
|Krishna||Avatar||Incarnation of Vishnu||Vaishnavism||n/a||Flute||Blue or black-skinned, wearing a peacock feather in his hair and playing a flute. Often accompanied by cows or shown as a small boy stealing ghee.||Krishna Janmashtami, Holi||Radha|
|Hanuman||demigod||Monkey like figure who aids Rama||Vaishnavism||n/a||Mace||Usually depicted as a man with a monkey-like face.||Hanuman Jayanti||Either celibate or has many wives|
|Surya||god||Sun god||Suryaism/Saurism and Smartism||Chariot pulled by seven horses||Lotus flowers or conch shell, lotus flower, mace, hand raised in blessing||A shining figure, often flanked by two dawn goddesses.||Thai Pongal, Makar Sankranti||Samjna and Chhaya|
|Agni||god||Fire and protection god||Non-sectarian||Ram||Fan, ladle, axe, flaming torch||Black-skinned, with two heads and four arms, surrounded by or creating flames.||Involved in the rituals of Holi and Diwali||Svaha|
|Indra||god||Originally a king of the gods, in modern times a storm god||Non-sectarian||White Elephant||Thunderbolt, elephant goad, axe||Depicted riding a white elephant, sometimes with a rainbow surrounding him.||Inder Puja||Indrani|