Essential Literature

Concepts

Deities

Surya

The Sun God.

Chandra

The Moon God.

Mangala

God of Willpower and Perseverance.

Budha

God of intellect and communication.

Brihaspati

God for receiving and transferring knowledge, spirituality and abundance.

Shukra

Goddess of creativity, creation and love.

Shani

God of spiritual asceticism, diligence and justice.

Rahu

Shadow deity representing indulgence

Ketu

Shadow deity representing spiritual liberation.

Indra

King of the devas and devis and heaven.

Varuna

Hindu God associated with ocean and water.

Vayu

Hindu god of the winds as well as the divine messenger of the gods.

Agni

Hindu god of fire.

Soma

Is a ritualisitc drink mentionend in the Vedas but associated with God.

Ashvins

Hindu twin gods associated with medicine, health, dawn, and the sciences.

Shiva

Destroyer

Vishnu

Preserver.

Brahma

Creator

Parvati

Goddess of power, and is also associated with courage, fertility, and beauty.

Lakshmi

Goddess of prosperity, associated with material and non-material wealth, fortune, and beauty.

Saraswati

Goddess of learning, and also the patroness of music, art, and speech.

Rama

Seventh avatar of Vishnu.

Krishna

Eighth avatar of Vishnu.

Sita

Known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage, and purity.

Radha

Goddess of love, tenderness, compassion, and devotion.

Kali

Goddess associated with time, change, creation, power, destruction and death. First of the ten Mahavidyas

Tara

Second of the ten Mahavidyas.

Lalita

She signifies the most beautiful woman across the three realms, with associations to the yoni symbol and the powers of creation, preservation, and destruction. Third of the Mahavidyas.

Bhuvaneshvari

Goddess of the world. Forth of the Mahavidyas.

Bhairavi

Goddess of Kundalini.

Chhinnamasta

Chhinnamasta is a goddess of contradictions. She symbolises both aspects of Devi - life-giver and a life-taker. Sixth of the Mahavidyas.

Dhumavati

Goddess of strife, loneliness, unfulfilled desires and inauspicious things. Seventh of the Mahavidyas.

Bagalamukhi

The Goddess Who Paralyzes enemies and illusions. Eighth of the Mahavidyas.

Kamalatmika

Bestower of Divine Bliss. Tenth and last of the Mahavidyas.

Gayatri

Mother of the Vedas. Personification of the Gayatri Mantra.

Pushan

God of meetings, marriages, journeys, roads, cattle.

Bagha

God of wealth.

Aryaman

God of Customs; Protector of Mares, Stallions and Milky Way, Wealth.

Garuda

God of Strength and Vigilance.

Rati

Goddess of Love, Carnal Desire, and Passion.

Kamadeva

God of Love, Desire and Pleasure .

Hanuman

God of Wisdom, Strength, Courage, Devotion and Self-Discipline.

Ayyappan

God of righteousness and celibacy.

Mohini

The Hindu goddess of enchantment.

Ganesha

God of New Beginnings, Wisdom and Luck; Remover of Obstacles.

Mariamman

Goddess of Weather and Fertility.

Svaha

Goddess of Sacrifices.

Devasena

Goddess of Aspiration.

Kartikeya

God of Victory and War, Commander of the Devas.