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Gods & Goddesses in the Hindu Pantheon


Our collection of Hindu statues only partially represents the multitude of gods, goddesses and other semi-divine beings in the Hindu pantheon. Hindu statues are based on deities from the earliest Vedic religion as well as deified heroes celebrated in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and local folk deities. There are three main deities: Shiva, Vishnu and the great goddess Shakti. These various deities are seen as aspects of the transcendent divine, an attitude that encourages tolerance.

 

The Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu form the main trinity in Hinduism. These major gods are surrounded by lesser deities, some human, some animal. The gods, goddesses and animal cohorts of Hindu mythology play out their dramas of good and evil, creation and destruction throughout the ages in an eternal cycle. All deities, even the most benign, have a dark side as they must act as both protectors of their devotees and destroyers of the negative forces threatening creation.Our Hindu god  and goddess statues may depict the deity in either a benevolent or wrathful form

The goddess takes many forms in Hinduism. There is the great goddess, Devi, embodied in such figures as Durga and Kali. There is the benign and caring mother of creation, as well as the terrifying and bloodthirsty goddess bringing catastrophes. There are sensuous young maidens, loving couples, river goddesses, heavenly courtesans and hybrid creatures. There is an all-pervading sensuality in the Hindu goddesses, a celebration of the senses and the life-energy of nature.

Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is one of the most popular Indian Hindu deities. The son of Shiva and Parvati, he is the god of wisdom, bestower of favors, and the one who removes obstacles and grants success in all undertakings. He is worshipped before all religious ceremonies and new undertakings. Originally he was a folk deity, and there are no images of him before the 5th century. Today Ganesha is considered the embodiment of success, prosperity and peace.

Lingams are a complex, ancient symbol of Shiva. Some have been found in the early Harappan civilization (3000-1700 BCE). As a rounded column symbolizing the cosmic pillar, the linga symbolizes the energy supporting all existence and the beginning and end of every cosmic process.