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List of Gods : "Hindu"   (200++ records)

NameOriginDescription
God name
"Kantatman"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Obscure god of Medicine. The twentieth of the thirty-nine minor avataras of the god VIS'NU and possibly the same as DHANVANTARI, as he is said to be a “carrier of nectar.” By different genealogy he has been equated with PRADYUMNA, the god of love....
Goddess name
"Kanti"
Hindu Goddess whose name means desire Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Kanti (desire)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Goddess. The SAKTI of NARAYANA....
God name
"Kapali"
Hindu God, one of the forms of the Rudra Hindu / Puranic / Epic
God name
"Kapali (wearing skulls)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. One of the group of eleven EKADASARUDRAS or forms of RUDRA....
Goddess name
"Karaikkal Ammaiyar"
Hindu / southern India Local mother goddess. Known from the town of Karikal as a deified ascetic who is depicted with an emaciated form. Attribute: playing cymbals....
Goddess name
"Karalkal Ammaiyar"
Hindu / S India A local mother goddess
Goddess name
"Karalkal Ammaiyar Hindu"
India Local mother goddess India
God name
"Karkota"
Hindu A snake god
God name
"Karkota"
Hindu Snake god. One of a group of seven MAHANAGAS. Color: black. Attributes: rosary and waterjar. Three-eyed god....
Spirit name
"Karkotaka"
Hindu The evil spirit who bit Nala at the request of Indra, transforming Nala into a twisted and ugly shape. Hindu

"Karttikeya"
Hindu The son of Siva or Rudra, and to have been produced without the intervention of a woman. Siva cast his seed into fire, and it was afterwards received by the Ganges: Karttikeya was the result; hence he is called Agnibhu and Gangaja. Hindu
God name
"Karttikeya"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic (1) God. A form of SKANDA who was reared by the Pleiades stars and is generally represented therefore with six heads. (In Hindu mythology there are only six Pleiades, not the seven recognized in modern astronomy.) His SAKTI is KARTTIKI and his attendant animal is a peacock. Attributes: conch, hook, noose, prayer wheel, shield, spear, staff, sword and wood apple.(2) God. Buddhist. Equating with the Hindu god Skanda. Color: red. Rides upon a peacock. Attributes: cock, Sakti and staff....
God name
"Karttikeya/ Skanda/ Scanda"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic A god of war & a form of Skanda
Goddess name
"Karttiki"
Hindu Mother goddess Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Karttiki"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. One of a group of nine NAVASAKTIS who, in southern India, rank higher than the SAPTAMATARAS....

"Kasyapa"
Hindu Having assumed the form of a tortoise, Prajapati created offspring. That which he created he made; hence the word kurma (tortoise). Kasyapa means tortoise; hence men say, 'All creatures are descendants of Kasyapa.' This tortoise is the same as Aditya. Hindu / Puranic / Vedic
Demon name
"Kasyapa (deriving from the Sanskrit for “tortoise”)"
Hindu / Vedic / Puranic Primordial god. In Vedic literature a Divine demiurge and father of mankind, snake demons, DEVAS etc. His name stems, arguably, from the notion of the cosmos as a giant tortoise. He has had thirteen consorts. In other texts he is the father of the god NARADA who consorted with one of the daughters of DAKSA. Also PRAJAPATI....
Deities name
"Kataragama"
Tamil / Sri Lanka Tutelary god. One of four great national deities and equating to the Hindu god SKANDA. Also Ceyon....
Goddess name
"Katayana"
Hindu Form the goddess Durga or Parvati Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Katyayani"
Hindu Form of the goddess of Durga or Parvati Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Katyayarii"
Hindu / Puranic Form of the goddess DURGA or PARVATI. Parvati, as the ascetic KALI, possessed a black skin. When SIVA ridiculed her she cast it off, and it was subsequently filled “with the combined brilliance of the gods” to create Katyayani. Her attendant animal is a lion or tiger....
Goddess name
"Kaumari"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. The SAKTI of SKANDA (Kaumara) who in later Hinduism became regarded as one of a group of seven MATARAS (mothers) of evil intent. Also one of a group of eight ASTAMATARAS. She embodies lack of envy or, alternatively, delusion. Her animal is a peacock. Attributes: arrow, ax, bell, Book, bow, cockerel, lotus, spear, staff and waterjar....
Goddess name
"Kaumauri"
Hindu Goddess who later became considered a goddess of evil intent Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Kaumudi"
Hindu Goddess of the light of the moon Hindu
Goddess name
"Kaumudi (moonlight)"
Hindu Goddess of the light of the moon. The consort of CANDRA....

"Kausika"
Hindu A devotee mentioned in the Mahabharata as having gone to a hell of torment for having pointed out to robbers a road by which they pursued and killed some persons who fled from them. Hindu

"Kehama"
Hindu A Hindu rajah who obtains and sports with supernatural powers.
God name
"Kesava"
Hindu This God is a minor avatar of Visnu

"Kesava (long-haired)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor avatara of VISINU. His SAKTI is KIRTI....
God name
"Khadau"
Hindu A pair of wooden sandles once worn by the hindu god Ram. Bharat placed them symbolically on Ayodhya's throne. Amur, Siberia
God name
"Khandoba"
Hindu Form of the god Siva Hindu
Goddess name
"Khandsba"
Hindu / late Form of the god SI IVA. Khandoba is believed to have emerged as a deity with a distinct cultic following no earlier than the thirteenth or fourteenth century, mainly in western India and centered on Jejuri, near Poona. The god is generally regarded as one of several martial forms which SI iva took to combat demons. His consort is the goddess MHALSA, considered to be a form of PARVATI. He is depicted bearing four arms and is usually mounted on a horse, but may also be accompanied by a dog. Attributes: bowl, drum, sword and trident. Also Makhari; Mallari; Martland....
Goddess name
"Khasa"
Hindu Minor goddess who controls the spirits of Forests Hindu / Vedic
Goddess name
"Khasa (itch)"
Hindu / Vedic Minor goddess. Daughter of DAKSA, consort of KASYAPA and a deity controlling spirits of Forests....
God name
"Khyung-Gai mGo-Can"
Buddhist / Tibet Local god. Equating to the Hindu god GARUDA....
Goddess name
"Kirti"
Hindu Goddess Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Kirti (glory)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Goddess. The SAKTI of KESAVA. Attribute: waterjar....
Goddess name
"Kollapura-Mahalaksmi"
Hindu Goddess Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Kollapura-Mahalaksmi"
Hindu / Puranic Goddess. six-armed. Attributes: club, shield and wine glass....
Goddess name
"Kotisri"
Hindu A goddess of silk cultivation with responsibility of uprooting thorn bushes Sraddha Hindu.
Deity name
"Krishna"
Hindu 'Black.' This name occurs in the Rigveda, but without any relation to the great deity of later times. The earliest mention of Krishna, the son of Devaki, is in the Chhandogya Upanishad, where he appears as a scholar. Hindu
Deities name
"Krishna"
Indian The modern deity Krishna is the most celebrated hero of Indian mythology, and the most popular of all the deities. He is said to be the eighth Avatara or incarnation of Vishnu, or rather a direct manifestation of Vishnu himself. This hero, around whom a vast mass of legend and fable has been gathered, probably lived in the Epic age, when the Hindus had not advanced far beyond their early settlements in the north-west.
Goddess name
"Krosdari"
Hindu Goddess, a rather emancipated goddess Hindu
Goddess name
"Krsodari (thin-waisted)"
Hindu Goddess. An emaciated form of CAMUNDA, a personification of famine. She stands upon a corpse. Attributes: club, iron rod, skull and trident....
Goddess name
"Krttika(s)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess(es) of fortune. Strongly malevolent NAKSATRA(S) con sisting of the six stars in the Pleiades constellation who become nurses of the god SKANDA. (In Hindu mythology there are only six Pleiades, not the seven recognized in modern astronomy.)...
Goddess name
"Krttika[s]"
Hindu Minor malevolent goddess / es Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Krtya"
Hindu Goddess of witchcraft Hindu
Goddess name
"Ksama"
Hindu In minor goddess Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Ksama (patience)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess. One of the daughters of DAKSA. Attribute: trident....
God name
"Ksetrapala"
Hindu / Puranic God of passage. Form of the god BHAIRAVA specifically designated as a guardian deity of doorways. Also regarded as a tutelary deity in Saivite temples. Stands upon a lotus and possesses a number of attributes....
God name
"Kubera"
Hindu / Puranic / Vedic / Epic He is the guardian of the north as well as a god of riches
Spirit name
"Kubera (misshapen)"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic (1) God of riches. He was originally the head of the YAKSAS spirits of the Forests, but by Puranic times was associated with wealth and productivity. He is also a dikpala guardian of the northern quarter. The son of Pulastya and Idavida, his consorts include Yaksi, VASUDHARA and Vriddhi. Identified with the city of Alaka. He is depicted as a dwarfish figure riding upon a Brahman or a chariot. Color: white. Attributes: generally carrying a purse, but occasionally with various other items. Also Kuvera, Kauveri.(2) God of riches. Buddhist-Lamaist [Tibet]. One of a group of DHARMAPALA with terrible appearance and royal attire. Also a dikpala or guardian of the northern quarter. Color: yellow. Attributes: ax, banner, club, cup, hook, Ichneumon disgorging jewels, noose, reliquary and occasionally a trident....
Goddess name
"Kubjika"
Hindu Goddess of writing Hindu
Goddess name
"Kubjika (hump-back)"
Hindu Goddess of writing. Personification of the thirty-two Tantric syllables....
Goddess name
"Kubuddhi"
Hindu Minor goddess whose name means stupid, she ran around with Gansea Hindu
Goddess name
"Kubuddhi (stupid)"
Hindu Minor goddess. One of the consorts of GANESA....
God name
"Kuladevata (family god)"
Hindu Generic name of a household god. The god is chosen by a family to be their guardian deity and they all assemble at his temple, as and when necessary, for worship. Also Kulanayaka....
Goddess name
"Kuladevi"
Hindu The family Goddess. Another name for Durga. Hindu
Goddess name
"Kuladevi"
Hindu Goddess. The female equivalent of a KULADEVATA....
King name
"Kulika"
Hindu One of the eight serpent kings, described as of a dusky brown colour and having a half-moon on his head. Hindu
God name
"Kulika (of good family)"
Hindu Snake god. One of a group of seven MAHANAGAS. Attributes: rosary and water jar. Three-eyed....
God name
"Kumari"
Hindu A name of Skanda, god of war. In the Brahmanas the term is applied to Agni. Hindu
Goddess name
"Kumari (virgin)"
Hindu Goddess. Generally recognized to be an epithet of DURGA. Worshiped at a famous temple on the southernmost tip of India at Cape Comorin. Also known in Nepal, where a small girl provides an earthly incarnation of the goddess....
Monster name
"Kumbhakarna"
Hindu A monster who, under the curse of Brahma, slept for six months at a time and remained awake for only a single day. Hindu
King name
"Kumuda"
Hindu A Naga or serpent king whose sister, Kumudvati, married Kusa, son of Rama. Hindu
Demon name
"Kurma"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic Avatar of Visnu. In the form of a tortoise he placed himself at the bottom of the sea of milk, and made his back the base or pivot of the mountain Mandara. The gods and demons twisted the great serpent Vasuki round the mountain' and, dividing into two parties, each took an end of the snake as a rope, and thus churned the sea until they recovered the desired objects. Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Deities name
"Kurma(vatara)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS'NU. The second avatara of Vis'nu, Kurma appears in the form of a tortoise which acts as a pivot for the mountainous churning rod the gods employ to make ambrosia from the primal sea of milk after the flood. Kurma is depicted with a human torso surmounting a tortoise shell. Vis'nu is said to have appeared in this form in order to recover some of the possessions lost during the deluge. Attributes: club, conch, lotus and prayer wheel. Also the name for a vehicle of various deities....

"Kurma[vatara]"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic An avatar of Visnu

"Kuru"
Hindu A prince of the Lunar race, son of Samvarana by Tapati, a daughter of the Sun. Hindu
Goddess name
"Kurukalla"
Hindu A goddess, one of the Tantric deities
Goddess name
"Kurukalla"
Hindu Goddess, one of the Tantric deities Hindu
Goddess name
"Kurukulla"
Hindu (1) Goddess of boats. A Tantric deity generally depicted in a boat made of jewels. Also goddess of wine.(2) Goddess. Buddhist (Mahayana). The SAKTI of AMITABHA. Usually of terrifying appearance. Attributes: arrow, bow, flower, hook, noose, rosary and trident....
Demon name
"Kuvalayapida"
Hindu An immense elephant, or a demon in elephantine form, belonging to Kansa, and employed by him to trample the boys Krishna and Balarama to death. The attempt failed and the elephant was killed. Hindu
Goddess name
"Laghusyamala (lightly dark colored)"
Hindu / Puranic Minor goddess. Attributes: lute and wine glass....

"Laksmana"
Hindu The promoter of fortune, was ever deeply attached from his infancy to his eldest brother, Sri Rama, the delight of the world. Hindu
God name
"Laksmana (with auspicious marks)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. A halfor younger brother of the god RAMA. The son of Dasaratha and Sumitra, his consort is Urmita. He often stands to the left of Rama and may be depicted holding a bow (see also SATRUGHNA). Color: golden. Attributes: bow and ornaments....
Goddess name
"Laksmi"
Hindu Goddess of Agriculture, love, beauty, prosperity, Lotus flowers, wealth, and pleasure Hindu / Puranic / India / Epic
Goddess name
"Lasghusyamala"
Hindu Minor goddess Hindu / Puranic
God name
"Laukika-Devatas"
Hindu Generic name for gods known from local folklore Hindu
Deities name
"Laukika-Devatas"
Hindu Generic name for a group of deities. Gods known from local folklore as distinct from those of the Vedic texts....
Deities name
"Lei Kung"
Taoist / Chinese God of thunder. He heads the deities of the pantheon who are responsible for storm, wind and Rain and is usually accompanied by YU SHIH, the god of Rain. He appears in anthropomorphic form from about the beginning of the Christian era, depicted as a strong, youthful figure holding hammer and chisel. In drama his movements are punctuated by rumblings on strings and drums. Circa AD 1000 he becomes depicted as a bird-like being with a monkey face. The transition was probably influenced by the popularity of the Hindu god GARUDA....
Goddess name
"Lha-Mo (the goddess)"
Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Goddess. Coming from the old Bon pantheon and equating with the Hindu goddess SRIDEVI....

"Linga"
Hindu A symbol of Divine generative energy, especially a phallus or phallic object worshiped as a symbol of Shiva. Hindu
God name
"Linga"
Hindu Symbol representing a god. The phallic form of SIVA....

"Lokapaia (protectors of the world)"
Hindu / Buddhist Guardians of the four directions. Often placed in pairs at the entrance to tombs....
God name
"Lokapala"
Hindu Gods Hindu
Deities name
"Lokesvara (lord of the world)"
Buddhist Generic name for a group of deities. These are thought to be a syncretization of Hindu and Buddhist deities and include such gods as SIVA, V IS'NU and others which have come to be defined as forms of a primeval buddha or DHYANIBUDDHA. The lokesvara are usually repre sented by a small figure, identified as ADIBUD DHA or AMITABHA, which rests on the head of the main statue. Also a group name for the many forms of the Buddhist deity AVALOKITESVARA....
God name
"Madhukara (honey maker)"
Buddhist God. Derived from a Hindu deity and equating with Kama. He rides in a chariot drawn by parrots. Color: white. Attributes: arrow, banner, bow and wine glass....
Goddess name
"Magha"
Hindu Benevolent minor goddess of fortune Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Magha"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A benevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....
God name
"Maha-Ganapati"
Hindu Elephant god, this time with 10 arms Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Maha-Ganapati"
Hindu / Puranic Elephant god. This form of the god GANESA possesses ten arms instead of the more normal four and may have a goddess, BUDDHI or SIDDHI, seated on the knee....
Goddess name
"Maha-Sarasvati"
Hindu Goddess, an emanation of Laksmi Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Maha-Sarasvati"
Hindu / Puranic (1) Goddess. An emanation of LAKSMI. Attributes: Book, hook, lute and rosary.(2) Goddess. Buddhist. A variety of SARASVATI. Depicted upon a lotus. Color: white. Attributes: garland of pearls and white lotus....
God name
"Mahabja"
Hindu Snake god, a Naga Hindu / Puranic
God name
"Mahabja"
Hindu / Puranic Snake god. One of a group of seven MAHANAGAS....
God name
"Mahadeya (mighty god)"
Hindu / Puranic God. An important epithet of SIVA with three heads (two male, one female) signifying the three aspects—Aghora (right), Saumya (center) and Sakti (left). Attributes: ax, bell, hook, mirror, noose, staff, sword, tree and trident. Also identified as a manifestation of Siva and one of the EKADASARUDRAS (eleven forms of RUDRA). In northern India among tribes including the Gonds, the expression Mahadeo (great god) is directed toward Siva as the supreme deity....
Goddess name
"Mahakala"
Hindu A Hindu Goddess, considered by some to be the consort of Shiva, and by others as the basis of Reality
God name
"Mahakala (the great death)"
Hindu / Puranic (1) God. A violent aspect of S IVA. His SAKTI is Mahakah. Rides upon a lion. Color: black. Attributes: five arrows, ax, Brahma-egg, club, cup, rosary of skulls, staff and trident. Three-eyed. Also considered to be a form of the god BHAIRAVA in which context he is a guardian of the faith.(2) Guardian god of tents and science. BuddhistLamaist [Tibet]. Derived from the Hindu god S iva and an emanation of the five DHYANIBUDDHAS. Also one of a group of DHARMAPALAS with terrible appearance and royal attire. A deity of riches. He treads on the god Vinayaka, or on a man, a corpse, or on two elephant-headed men. Color: black, blue or white. Attributes: mainly elephant skin, prayer wheel and trident, but may hold various other objects....
Goddess name
"Mahakali"
Hindu A form of the goddess Kali
Goddess name
"Mahakali"
Hindu One of three manifestations of Mahadevi, The Great Goddess. Hindu
Goddess name
"Mahakali"
Hindu Represent the ten Mahavidyas or "Great Wisdom Goddesses". She is depicted in this form as having ten heads, ten arms, and ten legs. Hindu
Goddess name
"Mahakali"
Jain / India (1) Goddess of learning. One of sixteen VIDYADEVI headed by the goddess SARASVATI.(2) Form of the goddess KALI. Hindu. Also a SAKTI of MAHAKALA. Attributes: conch, cup, headdress, hook, knife, noose, rosary of skulls, staff, sword, waterjar and wheel....
Goddess name
"Mahal Mata"
Hindu Mother goddess Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Mahamataras"
Hindu Group of goddesses Hindu
Goddess name
"Mahamataras"
Hindu Group of goddesses. Personifications of the SAKTI of the god S IVA....
God name
"Mahamayuri"
Buddhist Snake god Hindu / Buddhist / Mahayana
Deities name
"Mahanaga"
Hindu Snake god. A group of seven deities identical with a group of seven nagadevas....
God name
"Mahapadma"
Hindu Snake god Hindu
God name
"Mahapadma (great lotus)"
Hindu Snake god. Attributes: rosary and waterjar. Three-eyed....
Goddess name
"Maharatri"
Hindu Goddess associated with Kali and Kamala Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Maharatri (the great night)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Goddess. Associated with KALI and KAMALA....

"Mahesvari"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic The female energy of Mahesvara or Siva or as Durge the consort of Siva. Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Mahesvari"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. A SAKTI who in later Hinduism became one of a group of seven MATARAS regarded as of evil intent. Also one of eight ASTAMATARAS. In another grouping one of a group of nine NAVASAKTIS who, in southern India, rank higher than the SAPTAMATARAS. Attributes: antelope, arrow, ax, bow, club, drum, prayer wheel, staff and trident....
Goddess name
"Mahi"
Hindu Minor goddess of sacrifice Hindu / Vedic
Goddess name
"Mahi (earth)"
Hindu / Vedic Minor goddess of sacrifice. She is invoked to appear on the sacrificial field before a ritual, and is identified with the act of prayer. Usually associated with the goddess SARASVATI....
Demon name
"Mahisa"
Hindu demonic god Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Mahisa (buffalo)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic demonic god. Depicted most frequently in the form of a buffalo, but he also confounds the gods by changing himself into many other animal guises. He is eventually slain by the goddess DEVI in the form of MAHISASURAMARDINI....
Goddess name
"Mahisasruramardini"
Hindu Form of the goddess Devi Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Mahisasuramardini (slayer of the buffalo demon)"
Hindu / Puranic Form of the goddess DEVI. Appearing from the fourth century AD onward, this goddess is a DURGA form of Devi. She possesses up to twelve arms holding an assortment of weapons and may be seated on a lion. According to legend, the form arose in response to the threat from the demonic MAHISA who was eventually slain by the goddess Devi with his own sword. Attributes: ax, banner, bell, bow, club, conch, drum, hook, lizard, mirror, noose, prayer wheel, shield, sword, staff and trident. Three-eyed....
Goddess name
"Malhal Mata"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. One of seven SAKTIS who in later Hinduism became regarded as SAPTAMATARAS (mothers) of evil intent. Particularly known in Bengal as a bringer of disease....
Goddess name
"Manasa"
Hindu A naga and goddess of fertility. She is popularly known as the goddess of wish fulfilment and one who protects against snakebite. She is also associated with the earth and higher knowledge. Hindu
Goddess name
"Manasa"
Hindu Snake goddess. The daughter of KASYAPA and KADRU and the sister of the lord of serpents, Vasuki. She is also a gracious aspect of PARVATI. Known particuarly from Bihar, Bengal and Assam. She stands upon, or is shaded by, a seven-headed snake. Attributes: snake and waterjar....
God name
"Mandhata (thoughtful)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. Minor avatara of VISNU. One of the “lords of the universe.”...
God name
"Mangala"
Hindu Astral god Hindu
Goddess name
"Mangala"
Hindu A goddess, a form of Parvati
Goddess name
"Mangala"
Hindu Goddess, a form of auspicious bliss. Hindu
Goddess name
"Mangala (auspicious)"
Hindu (1) Astral god. Personification of the planet MARS. Depicted by a chariot drawn by eight red fire-horses. According to some authors Mangala is a form of the god S IWA in his cruel aspect. Attributes: club and lotus. Three-eyed.(2) Goddess. A form of PARWATI. She rides upon a lion and may bear up to ten arms, carrying arrow, mirror, moon disc, rosary, shield and sword. Three-eyed....
God name
"Manm"
Hindu / Vedic Primordial creator god. The son(s) of SURYA. The name given to the fourteen original progenitors of mankind during the mythical or heroic ages. According to tradition, the consort of Manu is Ida, who was engendered from milk and butter offered to S IVA as a propitiation....
God name
"Manmatha"
Hindu God of love, represented as a young and handsome winged man who wields a bow and arrows. His bow is made of sugarcane with honeybees on it as the string and his arrows are decorated with five kinds of fragrant flowers. Its string is made of a chain of honeybees. Hindu

"Mansa, Matsya, Madya, Maithuna, Mudra"
Hindu M. The five M's: Mansa, Matsya, Madya, Maithuna, and Mudra (flesh, fish, wine, women, and gesticulation). The five forms of Hindu asceticism.
God name
"Manu"
Hindu Primordial creator god Hindu / Vedic
Deities name
"Mara (the destroyer)"
Buddhist (1) God. An evil deity who puts obstacles in the way of the BUDDHA. The equal of the Hindu god Kama. In Buddhist tradition, the Hindu gods INDRA, BRAHMA, VIS NU and S IVA are maras who become vanquished by various Buddhist deities. Attributes: fish standard.(2) God. Hindu. An epithet of KAMA(DEVA)....
Goddess name
"Mari Mai"
Hindu Plague goddess associated with cholera Hindu
Goddess name
"Mari Mai (mother death)"
Hindu Plague goddess. The sister of SITALA, associated with cholera. Her Tamil counterpart is MARIYAMMAN....
Goddess name
"Marici (shining)"
Buddhist / Mahayana (1) Astral goddess. An emanation of VAIROCANA and also his female aspect or SAKTI. She is further identified as a buddha-designate or BODHISATTVA. She may also be the mother of SAKYAMUNI (a form of the BUDDHA). Considered by some to be the equal of the Hindu SURYA. She may be depicted in a three-headed form (as the Sakti of HAYAGRIVA), in which case her left head is that of a pig. She rides in a chariot drawn by seven boars. Color: red, yellow or white. Attributes: arrow, bow, fly whisk, horse's head image in the hair, needle, prayer wheel, staff, sword, thread and trident. Three-eyed.(2) Demiurge. Hindu. A product of the creator god BRAHMA....
Deities name
"Marutgana"
Hindu Maruts, storm deities and sons of Rudra and Diti and attendants of Indra. The number of Maruts varies from two to sixty (three times sixty in RV 8.96.8. They are very violent and aggressive, described as armed with golden weapons i.e. lightnings and thunderbolts, as having iron teeth and roaring like lions, as residing in the north, as riding in golden chariots drawn by ruddy horses. Hindu
God name
"Marutgana"
Hindu / Vedic storm gods. The sons of RUDRA and attendants of INDRA. Also Maruts....
God name
"Marutgana/ Maruts"
Hindu / Vedic storm gods
Goddess name
"Mata"
Hindu Primeval mother goddess Hindu
Goddess name
"Mata (great mother)"
Hindu Primeval mother goddess. The archetypal progenitrix of all living things. She becomes the tutelary goddess of every village in northern India, but is also seen as a plague goddess associated with smallpox, in which case her epithet becomes Maha Mai. Her Tamil counterpart is Amman....
Goddess name
"Matara"
Hindu Mother goddess applied to the Divine mothers Hindu
Goddess name
"Matara"
Hindu Mother goddess. Applied collectively to groups of deities, the Divine mothers, also more specifically to the consort of the god KASYAPA. As Divine mothers they are also regarded as SAKTIS. The numbers vary according to separate traditions and they are therefore identified as the SAPTAMATARAS (seven), ASTAMATARAS (eight) and NAVASAKTIS (nine). Less commonly there may be up to fifty mataras in a group. Their images are normally carved in stone (very few exist in metal) and they are depicted seated, often upon a corpse, and may be of terrifying appearance....
God name
"Matarisvan"
Hindu Minor messenger god Hindu / Epic
God name
"Matarisvan"
Hindu / Vedic Minor messenger god. The attendant of AGNI....
God name
"Matsya"
Hindu Incarnation of the god Visnu Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Demon name
"Matsya"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS'NU. In this first avatara Vis'nu appears as a fish which, according to one legend, tows a ship carrying the law-giver MANU to safety after the primal flood. Matsya engages in an epic battle with the demon HAYAGRIVA who stole the Vedas from a sleeping BRAHMA. Usually depicted with a human torso carrying symbols, e.g. wheel and conch, on a fish's body....
God name
"Maturaiviran"
Hindu Locally worshipped god with an interesting story Hindu
God name
"Maturaiviran"
Hindu Locally worshiped god. Of fearsome character, he is the deification of a seventeenth century policeman who eloped with a princess and was slain. Known from southern India, where he is also a god of wine. Attributes: shield and sword....
Goddess name
"Maya"
Hindu A goddess of illusion
Goddess name
"Maya(devi)"
Buddhist Mother goddess. The mother of the BUDDHA perceived as the world lotus or PADMA from which the Buddha was born. She equates with the Hindu goddess LAKSMI. The term is also applied to the personification of the visible universe and, in Hinduism, as an epithet of the goddess DURGA....
Goddess name
"Mayan"
Hindu Goddess of illusion Hindu
God name
"Meghanada (cloud roar)"
Hindu Minor god. A son of Ravana who once briefly bested INDRA and became known as the “Indra-conqueror.”...
God name
"Meghanda"
Hindu Minor god Hindu
Goddess name
"Mena"
Hindu Goddess of mountains Hindu
Goddess name
"Mena"
Hindu mountain goddess. The consort of HIMAVAN and the mother of GANGA and PARVATI....
Goddess name
"Mhalsa"
Hindu / late Minor goddess. The consort of KHANDOBA and considered to be a form of the goddess PARVATI. Locally worshiped at Jejuri, near Poona in western India....
Goddess name
"Mhsala"
Hindu Minor goddess considered to be a form of Parvati Hindu
Goddess name
"Minaksi (fish eyed)"
Hindu Local fish goddess. Regarded as a SAKTI of SI IVA (i.e. PARVATI) and the daughter of KUBERA. She is the mother of Ugra. Minaksi is known mainly from southern India where one of her main temples is at Madurai....
Goddess name
"Minaski"
Hindu Local fish goddess Hindu
Goddess name
"Minaski/ Minaci"
Hindu A local fish goddess
God name
"Mitra"
Hindu Minor Sun god of light and wisdom Hindu / Puranic / Vedic
God name
"Mitra (friend)"
Hindu / Vedic / Puranic Minor Sun god. An Aditya, one of six descendants of ADITI, he was originally associated with VARUNA (Vedic), ruling the day while Varuna ruled the night. It is from this model that first MITHRA (Persian) and then MITHRAS (Roman) were derived. He is also the god of intimate friendship. Attributes: two lotuses, trident and a sacrificial drink or soma....

"Mohini"
Hindu One of the 25 avatars of Vishnu found in the Puranas. Hindu
Demon name
"Mohini (illusion)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor incarnation of VIS'NU. Mohini is an avatara who appears in the form of an enchantress whose form Vis'nu adopted briefly to deceive demons attempting to remove the ambrosia created by churning the primeval ocean of milk (see also GARUDA). Vis'nu used the same guise to dupe and seduce the god SIVA....
God name
"Mon"
Kafir / Afghanistan / Hindukush A warrior god & hero from prehistoric origins and around today
God name
"Mon Kafir"
Afghanistan warrior god and hero from prehistoric origins and around today Afghanistan / Hindukush

"Mrgasiras"
Hindu The Fifth house of the moon. Hindu
Goddess name
"Mrgasiras (head of a gazelle)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A benevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA, wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....

"Mula"
Hindu A Lunar mansion, or Nakshatra, in Hindu Astrology.
Goddess name
"Mula"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A malevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....

"Mundane Egg"
Egyptian In the Phoenician, Egyptian, Hindu, and Japanese systems, it is represented that the world was hatched from an egg. In some mythologies a bird is represented as laying the mundane egg on the primordial waters.
Deity name
"Munisvara"
Hindu / Dravidian A regional Tamil deity who is popular amongst the least Sanskritized social groups of South India specifically Tamil Nadu. Hindu / Dravidian
God name
"Munisvara"
Hindu Deified saint. Technically a demigod but worshiped as a deity by Dravidians in southern India. Also Municami (Tamil)....
Deity name
"Muruga"
Hindu Is the most popular Hindu deity amongst Tamils of Tamil Nadu state in India and in the Tamil diaspora.
God name
"Murukan"
Dravidian / Tamil / southern India Hunting and war god. Identified with the Hindu god SKANDA. His vehicle is an elephant or a peacock. Color: red. Attributes: spear and staff with gar land....
King name
"Naga"
Hindu serpents; the king of them is Sesha, the sacred serpent of Vishnu. Hindu
Deities name
"Nagaraja"
Hindu A Sanskrit word from naga (snake) and raj (king) meaning king of Snakes. It is applied to two main deities, Vasuki and Takshak. Vasuki and Takshak are brothers, children of Kashyap and Kadru, who are the parents of all snakes. Hindu
Deities name
"Nagaraja"
Hindu Snake god. The generic title of a deity equating with the terms mahoraga (great serpent) or nagadeva. Such deities were worshiped in India as early as the Indus Valley civilization (prior to 1700 BC)....
Goddess name
"Nagini"
Jain / India Goddess. The counterpart of the Hindu goddess MANASA....

"Naigameya"
Hindu That child of fiery splendour, who was the leader of an octad of armed Goat-heads, appears to represent the eight Vasus as reflexes of their leader. Hindu
God name
"Naigameya"
Hindu God. Either the son or the brother of the god SKANDA. Generally depicted with the head of a goat....
Goddess name
"Naksatara[s]"
Hindu A group of astral goddesses
Goddess name
"Naksataras"
Hindu Group of astral goddesses. Hindu
Goddess name
"Naksatra(s)"
Hindu Generic title for a group of astral goddesses. Stars or constellations which became personified as deities, accounted as twenty-seven daughters of DAKSA and consorts of CANDRA or SOMA. They can exert benign or evil influence....
God name
"Nan-Sgrub (the black one)"
Buddhist / Tibet God. Possibly a counterpart of the Hindu god KALA. In Lamaism he is a form of YAMA. He stands upon a man. Color: dark blue. Attributes: cup and knife....
God name
"Nandi(n) (rejoicing)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Bull god. Generally associated with S IVA as a bull-vehicle and an embodiment of fertility. Color: white. The image usually stands in an anteroom of the temple guarding the place where the statue of S iva is located. A S iva devotee touches the image's testicles on entry to a shrine. In anthropomorphic form he may be known as Nandisa....
God name
"Nandi[n]"
Hindu Bull god Hindu
Goddess name
"Nappinnai"
Hindu - Dravidian / Tamil Local goddess. Consort of KRSNA. Mentioned in the Vaisnavite and Saivite literature, the Krsna-Nappinnai cult was prominent in Tamil-speaking areas of southern India in the seventh to ninth centuries. According to tradition Krsna wed Nappinnai after a bullbaiting contest during which he took on and defeated seven bulls. Nappinnai may be a localized form of Sri-Laksmi. Also Pinnai....
God name
"Nara"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic Minor incarnation of the god of Visnu
God name
"Nara (man)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor incarnation(s) of the god VISNU. Some authorities place these as separate avataras, but they are usually linked....

"Nara-Narayana"
Hindu Is broken down where Nara means human and Narayana means the Supreme divinity, or Vishnu. In the concept of Nara-Narayana, the human soul Nara is the eternal companion of the Divine Narayana. Hindu
God name
"Naraaana"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Creator god. More or less synonymous with VIS'NU, but specifically describing the embodiment of the “abode of man.” He is said to have sucked his toe while sailing the primeval ocean on a banana leaf, until his own inspiration created the world. Often depicted supported by the bird god GARUDA.See also NARA....

"Narada"
Hindu A Divine sage from the Hindu tradition
Deity name
"Narada (giver of advice)"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic Minor but popular deity. Narada is depicted as a sage who is also a messenger and teacher. Born from the head, or throat, of BRAHMA, and alternatively a minor incarnation of V IS'NU. In various roles he is a guardian deity of women, a musician and a wanderer. Narada, often bearded, is generally depicted standing with the musical instrument which is his invention, the vina (lute). By contrast to his benign nature he is also described as a “maker of strife” and as “vile.” Also Kali-karaka; Pisuna....
God name
"Narasinha"
Hindu Another incarnation of the god Visnu. Hindu
Goddess name
"Narasinha (man-lion)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god Vis'nu. The fourth avatara of the god is depicted as a man-lion hybrid. According to legend, the demonic king Hiranyakasipu had taken on a dangerous invulnerability. To thwart this, VIS'NU took the form of Narasinha and hid inside a pillar of the king's palace whence he sprang, capturing Hiranyakasipu and tearing out his entrails. IconographicalIy, the scene is portrayed with the victim thrown across Narasinha's lap and the god's claws plunged into his body. Narasinha may also appear seated in a yoga position with the goddess LAKSMI on his knee....
Goddess name
"Narasinhi"
Hindu Mother goddess and one of the astamatara mothers. Hindu
Goddess name
"Narasinhi"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. A SAKTI of NARASINHA who is one of a group of ASTAMATARA mothers. In another grouping, one of nine NAVASAKTIS who, in southern India, rank higher than the SAPTAMATARAS. Also CANDIKA....