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Query: Why so many Hindu gods and goddesses exist in Hinduism?

Vijay Kumar:
Why do we have so many Hindu gods and goddesses in Hinduism? As stated in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... the creator of whole cosmos is one... termed Brahman in Hinduism! God Almighty in Hinduism is one and only one... also termed Bhagavan, Ishwar, Karta, Sanatana Purusha, Parmatman and Prabhu!

In the nascent stages of life when spirituality had not yet evolved... mankind survived rigors of day-to-day life by praying to God Almighty all the time! As many human beings... as many different forms of God Almighty existed in their thinking! If one was suffering from drought... one prayed to Indra Devta (God of rain) so that grace of Indra Devta brought rains in plenty!

One short of money prayed to goddess Lakshmi for showering money on the household! As the shortcoming... accordingly the prayers! With passage of time... particularly in Hinduism... evolved a horde of gods and goddesses! It can rightly be said that for every three persons there existed one God in Hinduism! How?

As per Hindu mythology there exist a total of 330 million gods in all! Going by religion... such a number carried meaning as people prayed to different forms of gods and goddesses all the time! But from spirituality point of view there was only one God... termed Brahman in Hinduism... the one and only one! Advaita Vedanta theory of Hinduism confirms this point of view.

As detailed in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism, God Almighty had three basic attributes... the form of creator... maintainer and annihilator (the destroyer)! Lord Brahma... Hindu gods Brahma is considered creator of cosmos. Lord Vishnu... Hindu god Vishnu is considered maintainer of system... the entire cosmos! Lord Shiva... Shiva Hindu god is considered destroyer!

Amongst all the three attributes of God Almighty most stress is laid on Lord Shiva... the Hindu god Shiva! Why? What was that which is feared most on mother earth? People... humanity feared death most of all! As death was controlled directly by Lord Shiva through Yama (god of death)... people prayed to Shiva the most!

Shiva Hindu god is the most prayed entity in whole world! People feared Shiva... prime reason why we have maximum temples of Shiva all over! As the entire cosmos is considered maintained by Vishnu... Krishna Hindu god... awaited Bhagavan Kalki... all are considered manifestations of Lord Vishnu... Hindu god Vishnu!

The awaited Bhagavan Kalki... an avatar of present era (God manifest in human form)... a savior... a messiah is considered 10 incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Brahma... Hindu gods Brahma considered creator of all cosmos is the least worshipped god amongst all gods of Hinduism. Why?

We come unto this earth not of our own... we just get the birth... we just get created! Mankind attributed nothing to Lord Brahma on this account. When everything moved in a perpetual motion... what use worshipping Lord Brahma when he had no role to play in active affairs of mankind! Lord Brahma had only one temple in India... based in Pushkar in Rajasthan State!

For living the present manifest life of 70 to 80 years... presence of so many Hindu gods is considered vital by many! But in field of pure spirituality, Hindu mythology carried no meaning! The Hindu mythology directly relates to religion... path of rituals! For keeping flock of human beings bonded together through principles of ethics and morality... religion was necessitated!

Searching for our true inner self... searching meaning of abstract universal truths of life... ultimate truths of life... path of pure spirituality was necessitated! Travelling spiritual path... path of unknown human beings finally reached God Almighty in their lifetime. Path of spirituality is travelling path of jnana yoga (path of absolute wisdom) that directly led to God Almighty!

In present times... the present scientific age none reached God via path of religion... path of rituals! For reaching God in present life... travelling path of spirituality was an absolute must! Path of spirituality simply means... indulging in wisdom contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism knowing which human beings finally emancipated from cycle of birth and death forever!

It is only by undertaking path of jnana yoga human beings finally realized their true inner self... reached stage of self realization... god realization... termed enlightenment in English! For a true seeker of spirituality hordes of Hindu gods carried no meaning. For a serious seeker of spirituality there was only one God... the one and only one Brahman!

Travelling path of spirituality is travelling inner domain... reaching our soul atman... the spirit within that seemed to reside within our heart! Indulging in proper yoga meditation... eradicating all traces of karma from our soul atman by establishing absolute control over five senses and mind... Human beings finally reached 8.4 millionth manifestation when one gained enlightenment forever!

Reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation announced our soul atman gaining absolute purity... regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form forever! The purified soul atman... liberated soul atman finally entered abode of God... kingdom of God (termed Vaikuntha in Hinduism)! Liberation by soul atman is achieved moment an enlightened one left mortal frame!

As a human being we always had two lives to live... one by the physical manifest self (the earthly domain of 70 to 80 years) and the other by our soul atman... the spirit within! Ever since we as a soul atman started our cosmic journey... the ultimate goal of life always remained... liberating self from cycle of birth and death forever at the earliest!

Human beings reaching stage of enlightenment (termed kaivalya in Hinduism) and finally salvation (moksha) announced end of cosmic journey for a soul atman forever!

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Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!

A to Z of Hindu Gods and Goddesses explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on hindu god can be found at : Hindu Gods ... Vijay Kumar - 19 Apr 2011.

 Full text of query: I would like to know that why Hindu's having so may Gods. If the Creator of our universe is the all mighty , it has to be a single power, can you please help?

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