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God Name and Meaning

List of Gods : "Hindu"   (180 records)

NameOriginDescription
God name
"Shadanana-SSbraahaanya"
Hindu / Puranic Form of the god KARTTIKEYA. The form possesses six heads and twelve arms. According to legend, the six heads arose because the fire god AGNI had an adulterous relationship with the six consorts of the risis (astral gods) who all needed to suckle the offspring. Like Karttikeya, he is usually depicted riding on a peacock....
God name
"Shadanna-Subrahmanya"
Hindu Form of the god Kattikeya Hindu / Puranic
God name
"Shaii"
Hindu / late Astral god and bringer of misfortune. The cult of Shani evolved in about the eighth century AD with the advance of Indian astronomy. He is propitiated frequently to ward off ill-luck and may be depicted sitting on a lotus or riding in a chariot. Attribute: a staff....
God name
"Shakti"
Hindu Force, power or energy, the personification of God's female aspect, sometimes referred to as 'The Divine Mother'. Hindu
God name
"Shani"
Hindu Astral god who brought misfortune. Hindu
Goddess name
"Shashti"
Hindu Goddess of children and childbirth Hindu
Goddess name
"Shitala"
Hindu A goddess invoked to get rid of small pox, chicken pox and grant fertility or children. Hindu
Supreme god name
"Shiva"
Hindu The supreme God in Shaivism, a formless, timeless and spaceless Supreme God. Hindu
God name
"Shomde"
Afghanistan Local creator god of the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan
God name
"Shomde"
Kafir / Afghanistan Creator god of localized observance. Known from various villages in the southern Hindukush. Shomde is regarded either as equating or senior to the more generally recognized god IMRA. According to observers he provides gold, silver and silk as well as butter, cheese, cream and flour. The main sanctuary was probably at the village of Dewa and in various wooden sculptures Shomde is depicted in human form. Also Wushum; Usum....

"Siddha-sena"
Hindu The leader of the celestial beings of both heaven and earth who are endowed with occult yogi powers. Hindu

"Siddhapura"
Hindu City of the blest, or the White Island. A sacred city situated in the extreme north. Hindu
Goddess name
"Siddhi"
Hindu Minor goddess of fortune who grants favors Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Siddhi"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic A minor goddess of fortune that grants favors
Goddess name
"Siddhi (accomplishment, success)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of good fortune. A deity who grants favors. Sometimes associated with the elephant god GANESA or MAHA-GANAPATI, on whose knee she may sit. In earlier times she was described as a consort of BHAGA....

"Sikhandin"
Hindu A character in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The son of Drupada, he fought in the Kurukshetra war on the side of the Pandavas.
Deity name
"Sikhandin (with a tuft of hair)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor deity. One of a group of emancipated VIDYESVARAS (lords of knowledge) considered to be aspects of S IVA. Attributes: knife and sword....
Goddess name
"Sindhu"
Hindu Goddess of rivers Hindu / Vedic
Goddess name
"Sindhu"
Hindu / Vedic River goddess. Identified only in the Rg Veda and of unknown source....
Goddess name
"Sinivali"
Hindu Minor goddess of prosperity Hindu / Vedic
Goddess name
"Sinivali"
Hindu / Vedic Minor goddess of prosperity. Associated specifically with the boon of children. The mistress of the nuclear family. She is depicted as a matronly lady....
King name
"Sita"
Hindu A furrow; Rama's wife, so named because she sprang from a furrow made by king Janaka while plowing the ground to prepare it for a sacrifice by him to obtain a son. Hindu
Goddess name
"Sitala(mata) (possibly meaning ‘mother cold')"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. One of seven SAKTIS who in later Hinduism became regarded as of evil intent, inflicting sickness. Particularly known from Bengal where she may be identified with the goddess KALI. Usually standing naked upon a lotus or riding an ass. Alternatively symbolized by a stone on which a face is painted. Attribute: waterjar....
Goddess name
"Sitala[mata]"
Hindu Mother goddess of healing Hindu / Puranic / Epic
God name
"Siva"
Hindu The third god of the Hindu trinity: Brahma the evolver; Vishnu the preserver; and Siva the regenerator or destroyer. Hindu
God name
"Sivottama"
Hindu Minor god Hindu / Puranic / Epic
God name
"Sivottama (highest Siiva)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor god. One of a group of emancipated VIDYESVARAS (lords of knowledge) considered to be aspects of SIVA....
Goddess name
"Sodasi"
Hindu Minor goddess identified with Tripurasundari, the radiant light in the three eyes of Shiva. She is the source of his wisdom, soul and consciousness. Hindu
Goddess name
"Sodasi (girl of sixteen)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess. One of a group of MAHAVIDYAS personifying the SAKTI of SIVA. Aspects include Divyaratri....
Planet name
"Soma"
Hindu The moon, born from the eyes of Atri, son of Brahma; made the sovereign of plants and planets. Soma ran away with Tara (Star), wife of Vrihaspata, preceptor of the gods, and Buddha was their offspring. Hindu
Deities name
"Soma (essence)"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic Minor god. The deification of the sacred yellow drink soma. Also the consort of SURYA. Regarded in later Hinduism as the dikpala of the northern direction and as one of a group of VASU deities answering to the god INDRA. Attributes: hook, lotus and prayer wheel.See also CANDRA....
God name
"Somasaaida"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. Aspect of the god SIVA. Of uncertain origin, but possibly representing a composite trio of Siva with his consort UMA (PARVATI) and his son SKANDA (as a boy). Four-armed. Attributes of Siva: ax, corpse and hatchet. Attribute of Uma: lotus. Attributes of Skanda: Book, headdress, mango fruit and ornament....

"Somaskanda"
Hindu A particular form of representation of Shiva with his consort Uma, and Skanda as a child. Hindu

"Sraddha"
Hindu The personification of faith, trust, reverence and loyalty. Hindu
God name
"Sraddha-deva"
Hindu An epithet of Yama, the god of death and king of the underworld. Hindu
Goddess name
"Sravana"
Hindu Minor benevolent goddess of fortune Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Sravana (lame cow)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A benevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA). Also Srona....
Goddess name
"Sravistha"
Hindu Minor benevolent goddess of fortune i Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Goddess name
"Sravistha"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A benevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....
Goddess name
"Sri(devi) (prosperity)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic (1) Goddess. An early name which was syncretized with that of LAKSMI to form Sri-Laksmi.(2) Goddess. Buddhist-Lamaist [Tibet]. One of a group of DHARMAPALA with terrible appearance and royal attire who protect the Dalai Lama. A manifestation of the goddess DEVI sometimes seen in company with VIS NU, when conventionally she stands on his right. Her breasts are covered by a narrow band of cloth. She may be invoked to provide wealth (see also Laksmi). Her retinue includes the goddesses of the seasons and her animal is a mule. Color: blue. Attributes: chiefly cup and staff but on occasion several other objects including a pink lotus. Three-eyed and may be three-headed. Also LHA MO.(3) Goddess. Jain....
Goddess name
"Sridevi"
Hindu Goddess Hindu / Puranic / Epic
God name
"Srikantha"
Hindu Minor god and an aspect of Siva Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Deity name
"Srikantha (beautiful throat)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor deity. One of a group of emancipated VIDYESVARAS (lords of knowledge) considered to be aspects of S IVA, in this instance referring to his darkish blue neck. Also one of the EKADASARUDRAS or eleven forms of RUDRA. Attributes: hatchet and trident....
Goddess name
"Srividyadevi (of excellent knowledge)"
Hindu Minor goddess. A deity of terrifying appearance. Attributes: necklace of bones, teeth....
Goddess name
"Srividyavedi"
Hindu Minor goddess who likes to wear a necklace of teeth and bones Hindu

"Subhadra"
Hindu An important character in the Mahabharata. She is the half-sister of Krishna, wife of Arjuna, and mother of Abhimanyu. Hindu
Goddess name
"Subhadra (very splendid)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Goddess. The daughter of VASUDEVA and sister of KRSNA. She may appear standing beside JAGANNATH....
Deity name
"Subrahmanya"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor warrior deity. A form of KARTTIKEYA which is depicted with six heads and twelve arms. Also SHADANANASUBRAHMANYA; see also SKANDA....
King name
"Sugriva"
Hindu The younger brother of Vali, the ruler of the vanara or monkey kingdom. Hindu
God name
"Sugriva (beautiful strong neck)"
Hindu Monkey god. The son of the Sun god and leader of the monkey army which, according to epic tradition, supported RAMA....

"Suka"
Hindu The bright one; applied to several Hindu mythological characters.
Planet name
"Sukra"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic This astral god was the personification of the planet Venus, he tutored demons on the side
Planet name
"Sukra (bright)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Astral god. The personification of the planet Venus and the tutor of the demons. He may, on occasion, be represented as female, owing to the fact that he was once made to swallow his attendant Kaca and then restore him to life. Color: white. Rides in a golden or silver chariot drawn by eight or ten horses. Attributes: Book, prayer wheel, purse, staff, treasure and waterjar....
Deity name
"Suksma (very small)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor deity. One of a group of emancipated VIDYESVARAS (lords of knowledge) considered to be aspects of S IVA. Attributes: hatchet and trident....
Goddess name
"Sulini"
Hindu Minor goddess appearance Hindu
Goddess name
"Sulini"
Hindu Minor goddess. Of terrible appearance. animal: lion. Attribute: trident....
Goddess name
"Sundara"
Hindu Goddess who is a prosperous aspect of Siva, a god Hindu / Puranic
Goddess name
"Sundara"
Hindu / Puranic A goddess that is a prosperous aspect of Siva, a god
Deities name
"Sura"
Hindu Originally solar deities. Used in the Vedas for gods in general, equivalent to devas. Hindu
Goddess name
"Sura (wine)"
Hindu Goddess of wine. She is considered to be of terrible appearance and has no consort. Threeeyed....

"Surabhi"
Hindu The mystical cow of plenty. Hindu
God name
"Suresvara"
Hindu God, one of the Rudra gods. Hindu
God name
"Suresvara (lord of the gods)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. One of the eleven EKADASARUDRAS or RUDRA gods. Attributes: arrow, ax, bell, bow, bowl, club, drum, hook, iron rod, lotus, prayer wheel and trident....
Goddess name
"Suridara (charming)"
Hindu / Puranic (1) Goddess. A prosperous aspect of the god SIVA. 2 Minor goddess. Buddhist (Mahayana). An attendant of BUDDHAKAPALA....
Goddess name
"Surya"
Hindu Goddess of the Sun. Hindu
God name
"Surya"
Hindu God of light and war and the guardian of the southwest quadrant. Hindu
God name
"Surya"
Hindu / Vedic A god of light & war
Goddess name
"Surya"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic Sun goddess. The daughter of the Sun god SURYA. According to legend she was courted by all the gods, but won finally by the twin ASVIN gods with whom she rides in a chariot. Other legends account her consorts to include SOMA and PUSAN. She is the essence of the cosmos. Also Savitr....
Goddess name
"Svadha"
Hindu Minor goddess who helps with the destruction of demons. Hindu
Goddess name
"Svadha (invoked witb offerings)"
Hindu Minor goddess. The daughter of DAKSA and PRASUTI. Sometimes identified as a consort of RUDRA or AGNI....
Goddess name
"Svasthavesini (entering a natural state)"
Hindu Goddess. One of terrifying appearance. Color: scarlet. Attribute: drum. Three-eyed and three-headed....
Goddess name
"Svasti"
Hindu Goddess of the home. Hindu
Goddess name
"Svasti devi"
Hindu A goddess of the home
Goddess name
"Svati"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A benevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA). Also Nistya....
God name
"Taksaka"
Hindu Snake god Hindu / Puranic / Epic
God name
"Taksaka"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Snake god. One of a group of seven MAHANAGAS. Attributes: rosary, swastika and waterjar....
Goddess name
"Tara"
Hindu Goddess of the stars. Hindu
Goddess name
"Tara (power of hunger)"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic (1) Goddess. May originally have had astral connotations, since the word can be interpreted as “star.” One of a group of MAHAVIDYAS personifying the SAKTI of SI IVA. She may also be the consort of CANDRA (SOMA). Aspects include Krodharatri. Attributes: knife, skin, skull, snakes and sword. Three-eyed.(2) Goddess. Buddhist (Mahayana and Vajrayana). An epithet of the mother of the BUDDHA, Maya. Also one of a series of female deities, the DHYANIBUDDHASAKTI considered to be aspects of the Sakti of AVALOKITESVARA or of AMOGASHIDDHI. She may also be the Sakti of ADIBIDDHA and of the various DHYANIBUDDHAS, in which case she is characterized by their colors. These Taras thus become “White Tara” and so on.See also BHRKUTI, EKAJATA, KURUKULLA, SITATARA and SYAMATARA. In Tibetan Buddhism she is known as sGrol-ma....
God name
"Tarakajit"
Hindu Conqueror of Taraka and the Hindu god of war.
God name
"Thakur Deo"
Hindu Local god. Known from various villages in northern India. His consort is DHARTI MATA. May appear with a white horse. Also Thakkur....
God name
"Tirumal (the excellent black one)"
Early Dravidian / Tamil Creator god. Thought to reside in trees and equating with VISNU. In later Hinduism used as an epithet of Vis nu....
Deities name
"Trailokyavijaya (lord of three worlds)"
Buddhist / Mahayana God. Seen standing on the Hindu deities Mahesvara (SIVA) and GAURI. Color: blue. Attributes: arrow, bell, bow, club, hook, noose, prayer wheel, staff and sword. Also an alternative name for ACALA....
God name
"Trayasrinsa"
Hindu / Vedic The collective name for the group of Deva gods
Deities name
"Trayastrinsa (the thirty-three)"
Hindu / Vedic Collective name for the group of deva gods. One of the many lists of deities in Hinduism, this one is contained in the Rg Veda and includes thirty-three names divided into three groups of eleven in each of the three worlds. Subsequently, the DEVAS were separated into eight VASUS, twelve ADITYAS, eleven RUDRAS and two ASVINS. In later Hinduism the number thirty-three is increased hyperbolically to 330 million and deva refers to gods excluding the major triad of BRAHMA, V ISNU and SIVA....
God name
"Triglav"
Slavic A god or complex of gods similar in nature to the Trinity in Christianity or Trimurti in Hinduism. Slavic
Goddess name
"Trikantakidevi"
Hindu Goddess of terrible appearance Hindu
Goddess name
"Trikantakidevi (goddess of three thorns)"
Hindu Goddess. Of terrible appearance. Color: part red, part black. Attributes: conch, two lamps, prayer wheel and teeth....

"Trimurti"
Hindu The Hindu triad, consisting of Brahma, the emanator or evolver; Vishnu, the sustainer or preserver; and Siva, the beneficent, the destroyer, and the regenerator.

"Trimurti"
Hindu Collective title for the major triad. A three-headed representation of BRAHMA, VISNU and SIVA as one entity. Contested by some authors, who argue that Brahma, who is almost invariably represented with four heads, would be included here with only one....
Goddess name
"Tripura"
Hindu One of the group of ten goddesses of Hindu mythology collectively called mahavidyas.
Goddess name
"Tripura (lady of the three cities)"
Hindu / Jain Mother goddess. In Jainism regarded as one of the ASTAMATARAS. In Hinduism the SAKTI of Tripurantaka, an ugra (terrible) representation of the god SIVA, alternatively a form of the goddess PARVATI. The “three cities” are the cities of gold, silver and iron, one in heaven, one in the air and one on earth, which Siva destroyed in his form as Tripurantaka. Tripura is depicted attended by vultures. Attributes: Book, hook, noose and rosary....
God name
"Trita (Aptya)"
Hindu / Vedic God(dess). Known from the Rg Veda. An obscure form of Indra with strong water attributes. Also Aptya....
God name
"Trivikrama"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic A god that may have been a Sun god but is accepted as an incarnation of Visnu
God name
"Trivikrama (taking three steps)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. It may originally have been the name of a Sun god, but is taken as the incarnation of VISNU which strides the world in three steps in his dwarfish manifestation, and is linked with the Hindu perception of the three parts of the world—heaven, air and earth. His SAKTI is SANTI. Normally depicted with the left leg raised. Attributes: arrow, bow, club, conch, knife, lotus, noose, plough, prayer wheel, staff and sword....
God name
"Tvashtri"
Hindu Twashtri. The Divine artist and carpenter of the gods, father of the gods and of the sacred creative fire. Hindu
God name
"Tvastar"
Hindu / Vedic A creator god
God name
"Tvastar (carpenter)"
Hindu / Vedic Creator god. The “divine builder” who fashions living creatures on earth. The Hindu equivalent of the Roman god VulcanUS. An ADITYA or Sun god and the father of SARANYU. Attributes: homajakalika (an uncertain fire device), ladle and two lotuses. Also Tastar; Tvashtri; VISVAKARMAN....
God name
"Ucchusma"
Buddhist God. An emanation of AKSOBHYA or RATNASAMBHAVA. Also a form of JAMBHALA. He is depicted as pot-bellied and stands upon Kubera, the Hindu god of riches, who lies with jewels spewing from his mouth. Attributes: cup, ichneumon fly, image of Aksobhya in the hair, moon disc and snakes. Three-eyed....
Goddess name
"Ugaracandika"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic A distinctive form of a goddess Durga
Goddess name
"Ugracandika (violent Canda)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Distinct form of the goddess DURGA. One of a group of NAVADURGAS, the “nine durgas.”...
Goddess name
"Ugratara (violent Tara)"
Hindu / Puranic Goddess. A terrible deity who carries a cup and a corpse upon her head....

"Ulupi"
Hindu One of Arjuna's wives who abducted him and carried him to the underworld. Hindu
Demon name
"Uma"
Hindu Consort of Siva, famous for her defeat of the army of Chanda and Munda, two demons. She is represented as holding the head of Chanda in one of her four hands, and trampling on Munda. The heads of the army., strung into a necklace, adorn her body, and a girdle of the same surrounds her waist. Hindu
God name
"Upulvan (like the blue lotus)"
Singhalese / Sri Lanka Local god. The most senior of the four great gods of the Singhalese pantheon. Identified with VIS NU, according to one tradition his specific task was to protect the culture of Sri Lanka from Buddhism. Conversely he stood by Gautama BUDDHA against the Hindu MARA....
Goddess name
"Urjani"
Hindu Goddess of physical prowess and strength Hindu
Goddess name
"Usas"
Hindu A beneficient goddess who produces daylight and urges men to their works. Hindu
Goddess name
"Usas"
Hindu / Vedic Goddess of the dawn. The daughter of Dyaus and, according to some texts, the consort of the Sun god SURYA. An auspicious deity, Usas brings the dawn, heralding Surya, and drives away darkness. She is the all-seeing eye of the gods. In the Rg Veda she is depicted as a beautiful young virginal figure who rides in a hundred chariots. She sets all things in motion and can render strength and fame to her devotees. In addition to being perceived as a sky goddess, she is also drawn as a mother goddess in the guise of a cow. Epithets include “mother of the gods” and “mother of cows.” She is invoked to give the boon of longevity, but a more malignant aspect reveals her as a huntress who wastes human life. Usas sometimes enjoys a domestic worship as a guardian hearth goddess who drives away darkness and evil spirits. She disappears, however, from the later traditions of Hinduism....
Goddess name
"Uttara Bhadrapada"
Hindu A goddess of the hunt and one of Shiva's servants. Hindu
Goddess name
"Uttara Palguni"
Hindu Minor goddess of healing and disease. Hindu
Goddess name
"Uttarabhadrapada"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic A minor goddess of fortune
Goddess name
"Uttarabhadrapada"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A moderate NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....
Goddess name
"Uttarapalguni"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic A minor goddess
Goddess name
"Uttaraphalguni"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A moderate NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....
Goddess name
"Uttarasadha"
Hindu Minor goddess of fortune revered by seers and poets, by gods and then by men. Hindu
Goddess name
"Uttarasadha"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor goddess of fortune. A benevolent NAKSATRA; daughter of DAKSA and wife of CANDRA (SOMA)....

"Vac"
Hindu The personification of the sacred river, the Sarasvati. Hindu
Goddess name
"Vac"
Hindu The goddess of language, writing and writing-systems. She is the matron of mental endeavours and the source of voice. Hindu
Goddess name
"Vac (speech)"
Hindu / Vedic Goddess of the spoken word. In some texts she is a daughter of DAKSA and consort of KASYAPA. Alternatively she is the daughter of Ambhrna. Also known by the epithet “queen of the gods,” Vac is the personification of the phenomenon of speech and oral communication. She gives the boon of hearing, speech and sight and she can lead a man to become a Brahman. She also personifies truth and sustains soma—the liquid essence of vision and immortality. She is said to have created the four Vedas, the basis of the earliest Hindu mythology....
Goddess name
"Vagbija (seed of speech)"
Hindu / Puranic Minor goddess. An aspect of the goddess SARASVATI in the form of a bija mantra. The embodiment or apotheosis of consciousness representing the sacred word....

"Vaikuntha"
Hindu / Puranic Aspect of VISNU. Vis'nu is depicted under this title residing in his own heaven, known as Vaikuntha. He is seen with four heads in an attribute known as caturmukha, where the central head is human, that to the left is Sakti, to the right NARASINHA, and facing behind, VARAHA. As such Vis'nu's vehicle is either the mythical bird, GARUDA, or he reposes on the serpent ANANTA (SESA). The aspect may also be known as Trailokyamohana....
Goddess name
"Vaisnavi"
Hindu One of seven mother-goddesses, each of whom is the sakti, or female counterpart, of a god. Hindu
Goddess name
"Vaisnavi"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. A SAKTI of V IS NU, also regarded as a form of LAKSMI. In later Hinduism she became one of a group of MATARAS regarded as of evil intent. Also one of a group of eight ASTAMATARAS. In another grouping one of nine NAVASAKTIS who, in southern India, rank higher than the SAPTAMATARAS. Her vehicle is the hybrid beast GARUDA. Attributes: child, club, conch, lotus and prayer wheel....
Spirit name
"Vajrapani"
Buddhist / mainly Tibet God. An emanation of AKSOBHYA but also sometimes identified with ADIBUDDBA. Generally thought to reflect the second DHYANIBUDDHA or spiritual meditation buddba. Sometimes depicted with a peacock. Alternatively considered to be a counterpart of the Hindu god INDRA. Color: dark blue or white. Attributes: noose, snake and staff. Also AcalaVajrapani; Acarya-Vajrapani....
God name
"Valli"
Hindu The name of prominent Hindu god Murugan's consort, according to Tamil traditions. She is depicted as a the daughter of a tribal chief.
Goddess name
"Valli"
Hindu Goddess. The second consort of SKANDA, usually depicted standing to his right. In its original context the word Valli may mean “earth.”...

"Vamana"
Hinduism A personality described in the Puranic texts of Hinduism as the Fifth Avatara of Vishnu, and the first incarnation of the Second Age, or Treta yuga. Also he is the first Avatar of Vishnu which appears with a completely human form, though it was that of a dwarf brahmin. He is also sometimes known as Upendra.
God name
"Vamana"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VISNU. The fifth avatara of Vis'nu which appears as a dwarf, symbolizing the puny state of mankind in the cosmos. According to legend, the god took the guise in order to trick BALI, a greatgrandson of Hiranyakashipu (see NARASINHA), whose prestige had begun to overshadow that of INDRA. To restore a proper balance Vamana requested from Bali a plot of land three paces wide on which to meditate. Vis'nu returned to his proper stature and claimed heaven and earth in two steps. He declined to take the third which would have also claimed the underworld, but instead gave its rule to Bali. The dwarfish form bears two arms. Attributes: umbrella and waterpot....
Goddess name
"Vana-Durga"
Hindu / Puranic Aspect of DURGA. A form of the goddess invoked by woodsmen and Foresters. She often wears an elephant skin, is eight-armed and carries an assortment of weapons....
Demon name
"Varaha"
Hindu The third avatar of Vishnu, in the form of a boar, who appeared in order to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the earth and carried it to the bottom of the cosmic ocean. Hindu
Demon name
"Varaha (boar)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VISNU. The third avatara of Vis'nu, which appears as a boar. According to legend, he descends in this guise to the bottom of the primeval sea to rescue the earth, which has been removed there by a demon. He retrieves it in the shape of a girl. The avatara may be depicted in wholly animal form or as a human with a boar's head. Epithets include Adivaraha....
Goddess name
"Varahi"
Hindu The new-moon and the illumination aspects of the mother-goddess. Hindu
Goddess name
"Varahi"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. A SAKTI who in later Hinduism becomes one of a group of MATARAS regarded as of evil intent. Also one of a group of eight ASTAMATARAS. In another grouping, one of nine NAVASAKTIS who, in southern India, rank higher than the SAPTAMATARAS. She sits upon a boar, buffalo or elephant. Attributes: boar's head, bow, club, cup, knife, noose, plough, sword and trident....
God name
"Varuna"
Hindu A thousand-eyed god who sees all that happens in the world. Hindu
Goddess name
"Varuni"
Hindu Originally the waters of origin, she became the goddess of golden liquor, wine and intoxication. Hindu
Goddess name
"Vasita (willpower)"
Hindu Generic title for a group of goddesses. Twelve deities who personify the disciplines which result in spiritual regeneration....
Deities name
"Vasu(s) (excellent)"
Hindu / Vedic Generic title for a group of gods. Eight deities attendant on the Vedic weather god INDRA, comprising day, dawn, fire, moon, pole star, Sun, water and wind. Generally carrying a rosary and with a SAKTI....
Deities name
"Vasu[s]"
Hindu / India A generic title for the gods / deities that attend Indra

"Vasudeva"
Hindu Interpreted as 'descendant of Vasudeva', another name for Krishna. Hindu
God name
"Vasudeva"
Hindu God. The princely father of KRSNA and BALARAMA. Consorts include DEVAKI, ROHINI, etc....
Goddess name
"Vasudhara (treasurer)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Fertility goddess. The SAKTI of Kuvera.See also KUBERA....
Deities name
"Vasus"
Hindu Attendant deities of Indra, and later Vishnu. They are eight elemental gods representing aspects of nature, representing cosmic natural phenomenon. The name Vasu means 'Dweller' or 'Dwelling'. Hindu
God name
"Vata"
Hindu / Persian God of the wind and a deity with a violent personality. Hindu / Persian
God name
"Vata"
Hindu / Vedic / / Persian / Iran God of wind. The name appears in the Rg Veda as a deity of violent personality. According to Asvestan tradition the god of victory, VERETHRAGNA, appeared to Zarathustra in the guise of Vata....

"Vatapattrasayin (reclining on a fig leaf)"
Hindu / Puranic Aspect of VISNU. The image is found in classical bronze sculptures and represents either Vis'nu in a violent form, or KRSNA, reposed on a fig leaf that floats upon the primeval ocean of a new cosmos after the previous world order has been destroyed....
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"Venkata"
Hindu Form of the god of Visnu Hindu / Puranic / Epic
God name
"Venkata"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Form of the god V ISNU. According to the Aditya Purana, Venkata is a deity of considerable importance in southern India. The name does not occur in the north. He is worshiped extensively by Hindus but particularly in the Tamil shrine of Tirupati where there is argument that the deity depicted is SIVA or KARTTIKEYA. The image appears to carry attributes of Vis'nu on the left and Siva on the right. Also Venkatesa....
God name
"Vidyesvara"
Hindu The eight aspects of Siva. These beings are included in the category of pure creation. This category is created by God himself. Hindu
Deities name
"Vidyesvara"
Hindu Generic title for a group of deities. Eight liberated or emancipated “beings” who are considered to be aspects of SIVA....
Goddess name
"Vidyujjvalakarili (tongues of fire)"
Buddhist Goddess. A twelve-headed form of Akajata who is said to have been formed in the BUDDHA's sweat. She is often depicted trampling the four Hindu deities BRAHMA, INDRA, SIVA and VISNU. Color: blue or black. Attributes: many and varied....
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"Vigrieaetaka (remover of obstacles)"
Buddhist / Mahayana God. An emanation of AKSOBHYA who may equate with the Hindu god GANESA. Color: blue. He is also seen as a dikpala or guardian of the northerly direction, in which case his color is green. Attributes: cup, drum, hook, knife, noose and staff. Three-headed. Also Analarka....
Deities name
"Vigrieesvaraeugramurti"
Hindu / Puranic family of deities. A popular depiction in art of SIVA (colored black) and Parvati with their son GANESA after he has been decapitated by his father and given the head of an elephant by way of replacement....
Deities name
"Vijaya (victory)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. An EKADASARUDRA (one of the eleven RUDRA deities). Hiranyaksa is considered one of his incarnations. Attributes: club, knife, rosary and staff. Vijaya is also the name of the bow of INDRA....
God name
"Vindhya"
Hindu mountain god. Personification of the hills forming the northern edge of the Deccan area of central India....
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"Virabhadra (great hero)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic war god. Considered to be a form of SIVA, and occasionally of VISNU, Virabhadra acts as a martial aspect of Siva against the god DAKSA, who according to some accounts abused Siva's wife SATI and drove her to angry suicide by self-immolation to avenge the slight. He is depicted bearing four arms. Attributes: arrow, bow, shield and sword. He sometimes wears a necklace of skulls. Three-eyed and three-headed....
Goddess name
"Viraj"
Hindu / Vedic Primordial goddess. Identified as the active female creative principle in the Rg Veda....
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"Viraratri (night of courage)"
Hindu God. See also CHINNAMASTAKA....
Deities name
"Virupaksa (misinformed eyes)"
Hindu Buddhist 1 God. Epithet of SIVA and one of the EKADASARUDRAS or eleven RUDRA deities. Attributes: ax, bell, club, cup, drum, hook, knife, lotus, prayer wheel, rosary, Sakti and sword. Threeheaded....

"Vishnu"
Hindu The All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of and beyond the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Hindu
God name
"Visnu Trivikrama"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Form of the god VISNU. Trivikrama is the transformation into a giant from Vis'nu's dwarf avatara VAMANA, in order to confirm his dominance over the world by covering it in three huge strides....
Goddess name
"Visvakarman (arcbitect of tbe universe)"
Hindu / Vedic Poorly defined creator god. Similar to DYAUS PITAR, he is described as the artist of the gods who may be linked or identified with TVASTAR. He evolved, as the son of PRABHASA and Yogasiddha, into an occasional consort of the mother goddess SARASVATI....
God name
"Visvaksena (tbe all-conquering)"
Hindu / Puranic Minor god. The bodyguard and gatekeeper of VISNU. Tradition maintains that Visvaksena was slain by SIVA when he refused the latter an audience with Vis'nu. For this reason he is generally depicted in the form of a skeleton impaled on the trident weapon carried by Siva in his aspect of KANKALAMURTI. His attributes include a wheel, club and conch shell....
God name
"Visvamitra"
Hindu / Puranic Minor god. According to legend, the father of the god NARADA....
God name
"Visvarupa"
Hindu Lesser known incarnation of the god VISNU. In Vedic literature he is identified as the son of TVASTAR. Visnu took the avatara at the request of ARJUNA. His animal is GARUDA. Attributes: many. Also Viratapurusa....
God name
"Vitthali"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic God. A lesser known incarnation of the god VISNU (or KRSNA). The cult of Vitthali is centered mainly on Panharpur, near Bombay, where he is the object of devotion by the Varkari sect. Generally depicted standing on a brick, wearing a fez-like hat and with hands on hips. Also Vithoba; Panduranga....
Goddess name
"Vivasvan (shining)"
Hindu / Vedic / Puranic Sun god. The original Vedic list of six descendants of the goddess ADITI or ADITYAS, all of whom take the role of Sun gods was, in later times, enlarged to twelve, including Vivasvan. One of his titles is the “embodiment of ancestral law.” His consort is SARANYU and he is identified as the father of YAMA and YAMI, as well as MANU and the ASVINS. His color is golden and his attributes a Forest garland, two lotuses and a trident. Also Vivasvat....
Goddess name
"Vrtra"
Hindu / Vedic demonic god of chaos. A primordial being who existed before the formation of the cosmos and who was slain by the mother goddess SARASVATI....
God name
"Vyasa"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic Minor incarnation of the god VISNU. Vyasa is said to be the author of the Vedas, the Mababbarata epic and the Puranas. He ranks with Hyagriva and SARASVATI as a lord of knowledge and wisdom, and is responsible for dividing the Tree of Knowlege into parts. In the texts he is depicted as darkskinned and accompanied by four students, Sumanta, Paila, Vaisampayana and Jaimini. He may be bearded. Also Vedavyasa....
Goddess name
"Warrta"
Hindu A goddess of happiness
King name
"Yagrenat"
Hindu Yagrenat "Land of the king of the world," an Avatar of Vishnu. Hindu
Spirit name
"Yaksas"
Hindu Tree spirits. Generic title for animistic beings mentioned circa fifth century BC by Panini....
Spirit name
"Yaksha"
Hindu Well-meaning natural spirits, guardians of buried treasure. Hindu
King name
"Yama"
Hindu Son of the Sun, king of justice and the prince of the Patriarchen. As a judge of the underworld he sorts the souls of the dead and sends them to Swerga (the first sky), or Narak (the region of the queues). He owns a mirror of fire and golden scales, which show him the deeds of all men and weigh the souls of the dead. Hindu
Goddess name
"Yama (1) (twin; alternatively the restrainer)"
Hindu / Vedic God of death. The son of Vavasvan and Saranju, or of SURYA and SANJNA, his consort is DHUMORNA or YAMI. Yama is also the judge of the dead and the twin sibling of Yami, goddess of death. When KRSNA is perceived as the embodiment of the cosmos, his eye-teeth are Yama. He evolved into a dikpala or guardian of the southerly direction. His animal is a black buffalo. Color: black....
Deities name
"Yamadar Maraja"
Hindu Collective name for the deities and spirits of the underworld. Hindu

"Yamadevtas"
Hindu The servants of Yama, who escort sinners to Hell. The dying are looked up by two Yamadevtas and one messenger of Vishnu. Hindu
Deities name
"Yamari (enemy of Yama)"
Buddhist / Vajrayana God. Probably influenced by the Hindu deities SIVA and YAMA. His vehicle is a buffalo, his color red and his attributes a club, a cup, a noose and a staff....

"Yambuvan"
Hindu An Avatar of Brahma in the form of a huge bear. In the war against Ravana, Yambuvan led an army of bears to Ceylon. Hindu
Goddess name
"Yami"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Mother goddess. One of seven SAKTIS who in later Hinduism became regarded as of evil intent. Also CAMUNDA....
Goddess name
"Yamuna"
Hindu Minor river goddess. A daughter of SURYA and SANJNA and the sister of YAMA. She is described in Puranic texts and associated with the river Yamuna on which lies the city of Mathura. Color: blue....
Goddess name
"Yamunia"
Hindu River goddess of the eponymous tributary to the Ganges. Hindu