October 23, 2019
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Review Category : Hindu Pantheon

Purusha

Purusha and Prakriti The Place of the Purusha in Hindu Philosophy In some lineages of Hinduism, Purusha (Sanskrit puruṣa, पुरुष “man, cosmic man,” [2]  in Sutra literature also called puṃs “man”) is the “Self” which pervades the universe. [2a] The Vedic divinities are interpretations of the many facets of Purusha. According to the Rigvedic Purusha sukta, [3] Purusha was dismembered by the devas (benevolent supernatural being) —his mind is the Moon, his eyes are ...

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Ishvara

The Place of Ishvara in the Hindu Pantheon and Mythology Ishvara (Sanskrit Īśvara) is a theological concept in Hinduism translating to “lord”, applied to the “Supreme Being” or God in the monotheistic sense, or as an Ishta-deva in monistic thought. Much like “lord” (dominus, kurios) in Western usage, the Sanskrit īśvará primarily (late Vedic Sanskrit) has a temporal meaning of “lord, master, prince”. The theological meaning “the Supreme Being” first arises in the Manu ...

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Yoni

Yoni (Sanskrit: योनि yoni) is a Sanskrit word with different meanings, most basically “vagina” or “womb”. Its counterpart is the lingam. It is also the divine passage, or sacred temple (cf. lila). The word can cover a range of extended meanings, including: place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable.   Within Shaivism, the sect dedicated to the god Shiva, the Shakti symbolises his consort. The union of the yoni and lingam represents the eternal process ...

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Kali

Kālī (Sanskrit: काली), also known as Kālikā (Sanskrit: कालिका), is a Hindu goddess. Kali is one of the ten Mahavidyas, a list which combines Sakta and Buddhistgoddesses.[1]  Kali’s earliest appearance is that of a destroyer of evil forces. She is the goddess of one of the four subcategories of the Kulamārga, a category of tantric Saivism.[2] Over time, she has been worshipped by devotional movements and tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Adi Shakti, or Adi Parashakti.[3][4][5] Shakta Hindu and Tantric sects additionally worship her as ...

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Shakti

Shakti’s Place in the Hindu Pantheon and Mythology Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति, IAST: Śakti; .lit “power, ability, strength, might, effort, energy, capability”[1]), is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe[2] in Hinduism and Shaktism. Shakti is the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as “The Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism. As a mother, she is known as “Adi Shakti” or “Adi Parashakti”. On the earthly plane, ...

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Hari

Sanskrit Hari (Devanagari: हरि) is in origin a colour term for yellowish hues, including yellow, golden, yellowish-brown or reddish brown, fallow or khaki, pale yellow, greenish or green-yellow It has important symbolism in the Rigveda and hence in Hinduism; in Rigvedic symbolism, it unites the colours of Soma, the Sun, and bay horses under a single term.[1] The word Hari is widely used in later Sanskrit and Prakrit literature, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh religions. It appears as 650th name of Vishnu in the Vishnu sahasranama of the Mahabharata and hence rose to special importance in Hindu Vaishnavism. The ...

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Bhavani

 Bhavaniis a ferocious aspect of the Hindu goddess Parvati. Bhavani means “giver of life”, the power of nature or the source of creative energy. In addition to her ferocious aspect, she is also known as Karunaswaroopini, “filled with mercy”.  Bhavani was the tutelary deity of the Maratha leader Shivaji,in whose veneration, he dedicated his sword, Bhavani Talwar. A temple to Bhavani at Tuljapur in Maharashtra, dates back to the 12th century. The temple contains a metre-high granite icon of the goddess, ...

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Hanuman

Hanuman (IPA: /hʌnʊˈmɑn/) is a Hindugod, who was an ardent devotee of Ramaaccording to the Hindu legends. He is a central character in the Indian epicRamayana and its various versions. He also finds mentions in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain texts. A vanara (monkey-like humanoid), Hanuman participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana. Several texts also present him as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is the son of Vayu, who according to several stories, played a role in his birth. ...

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Ganesha

The Hindu deity attribution for Yesod is Ganesh or Vishnu under the Kurrn Avatar (Aleister Crowley, 777, p. 9) Ganesha , also spelled Ganesa, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon.[2] His image is found throughout India and Nepal.[3]Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations.[4] Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.[5] Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify.[6]Ganesha is widely revered as the remover ...

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Lakshmi 

The Hindu deity correspondence for Malkuth is Lakshmi ( Aleister Crowley, 777, p. 9) Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी lakṣmī) is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu. Also known as Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.[1] Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Jain monuments. Lakshmi is called Shree or Thirumagal because she ...

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