Some Interesting Questions about Hinduism… (Part 5)
- Gods and Goddesses; their families, friends and foes
It is said that there are more than 330 million Gods/Goddesses in Hinduism, it has become a general perception specially among the non-Hindus. Which may indicate that Hinduism is essentially a pluralistic religion based on a philosophical thought/ Dharma. Some expert believe that these 330 million figure refers to ‘Deities’ which are the manifestations of One Supreme Being – the Ishwar/ Param-Brahaman.
In the Vedas, Thirty-three Deities are listed. followed by the Sanskrit word koti, which is used for “class” as well as ’10 million’. Some scholar believe that the phrase may have meant 33 ‘Class’ of Gods rather than 33×10 million Gods. Another view contends that 330 million is a figure symbolizing infinity, indicating infinite forms of God. Following are some of the major Gods/ Goddesses in Hindu religion.
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