Hindu Gods and Goddesses

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Selected accounts from India's sacred literature form a complete and systematic overview of the many Hindu deities. These explorations cover gods from the Vedic and Puranic literature as well as lesser figures such as demons, sacred birds, and other lore. Includes 85 beautiful black-and-white illustrations culled from traditional sources.
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Overview


Selected accounts from India's sacred literature form a complete and systematic overview of the many Hindu deities. These explorations cover gods from the Vedic and Puranic literature as well as lesser figures such as demons, sacred birds, and other lore. Includes 85 beautiful black-and-white illustrations culled from traditional sources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486431567
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/21/2003
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 719,072
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Vedic Deities
Chapter I. The Vedas 3
Chapter II. The Vedic Gods generally 9
Chapter III. Dyaus and Prithivi 13
Chapter IV. Aditi and the Adityas 17
Chapter V. Agni 21
Chapter VI. Sun or Light Deities
1. Surya 30
2. Pushan 36
3. Mitra and Varuna 37
4. The Asvins 44
5. Ushas 48
Chapter VII. The Storm Deities
1. Indra 53
2. Indrani 63
3. Parjanya 63
4. Vayu 64
5. The Maruts 67
Chapter VIII. Soma 69
Chapter IX. Tvastri or Visvakarma 75
Chapter X. Yama 78
Part II. The Puranic Deities
Chapter I. The Puranas 89
Chapter II. Brahma 93
Chapter III.
Brahma 98
Sarasvati 107
Chapter IV.
Vishnu 116
Lakshmi 127
Chapter V. The Incarnations or Avataras of Vishnu
1. The Matsya or Fish Avatara 134
2. The Kurma or Tortoise Avatara 141
3. The Varaha or Boar Avatara 144
4. The Nrisingha or Man-Lion Avatara 149
5. The Vamana or Dwarf Avatara 155
6. The Parasurama Avatara 162
7. The Rama Chandra Avatara 170
8. The Krishna Avatara 197
8a. The Balarama Avatara 220
9. The Buddha Avatara 225
10. The Kalki Avatara 245
Jagannath 248
Chaitanya 253
Kamadeva 256
Chapter VI.
Siva 262
Panchanana 283
Chapter VII.
Uma 285
Parvati 289
Durga 296
The Chief Forms of Durga
1. Durga 307
2. Dasabhuja 307
3. Singhavahini 308
4. Mahishamardini 308
5. Jagaddhatri 308
6. Kali 309
7. Muktakesi 317
8. Tara 317
9. Chinnamustaka 317
10. Jagadgauri 317
11. Pratyangira 318
12. Annapurna 318
13. Ganesajanani 320
14. Krishnakrora 320
The Saktis 320
Chapter VIII. Sons of Siva and Parvati
1. Ganesa 323
2. Kartikeya 334
Chapter IX. The Puranic Account of the Creation 342
Chapter X. The Puranic Divisions of Time 353
Part III. The Inferior Deities
Chapter I. The Divine Rishis
1. Bhrigu 363
2. Pulastya 368
3. Pulaha 369
4. Kratu 369
5. Angiras 369
6. Marichi 370
7. Atri 371
8. Daksha 372
9. Vasishtha 380
10. Narada 382
Chapter II. Kuvera 388
Chapter III. The Demigods of the Ramayana
1. Sugriva 394
2. Hanuman 401
3. Nala 406
4. Nila 408
5. Sushena 408
Chapter IV. The Demigods of the Mahabharata 411
Chapter V. The Planets
1. Ravi, or Surya 432
2. Chandra, or Soma 432
3. Mangala 432
4. Budha 433
5. Vrihaspati 433
6. Sukra 434
7. Sani 435
8. Rahu and Ketu 435
Chapter VI.
The Asuras 437
Jalandhara 441
Chapter VII.
Sacred Animals and Birds 448
Garuda 449
Jatayus and Sampati 456
Chapter VIII. Ganga 460
Chapter IX. Sacred Trees 469
Chapter X. Miscellaneous Minor Deities
1. Shitala 473
2. Manasa 474
3. Sasti 477
4. The Shalgrama 478
5. The Dhenki 479
6. Ka? Who? 480
Chapter XI. Superhuman, though not Divine Beings
1. Apsaras and Gandharvas 482
2. Rakshasas 485
3. Jain Deities 488
Index 491
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