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Gods & Goddesses






Vishnu ('the All-Pervading'), 
maintainer of the universe, ruler of sattva, He reclines on Ananta S'esha, the many-headed serpent; out of His navel arises the four-headed Brahmâ
Lakshmî, wife of Vishnu and Goddess of Fortune.




Garuda: ('devourer'), the eagle, the carrier of Vishnu through space and heavens; a bird with a human's head.





S'iva ('the salutary'), destroyer, ruler of tamas, embracing His consort Pârvatî, He resides on mount Kailash and his riding animal is a bull, called Nandi.
He dances elegantly or sits in meditation, by which the river Ganga springs from His head.
('mountains-woman') (also: Uma, Durgâ and Kâlî)





Brahmâ: ('expander') - the creator, born out of the lotus, of the umbilicus of Nârâyana; He rules from the mythical mount Meru; the ruler of rajas;  &
('watery') - consort of Brahmâ, goddess of knowledge, riding on a peacock




Râdhâ ('loving serving', Krishna's eternal sweetheart) & Krishna 
('He who attracks everyone')
 cowherd, supreme commander, Vedic Monarch, Vishnu Avatâr, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

Below Them:

Sîtâ ('furrow') consort of Râma, also called Janiki Râma ('source of joy'), also Râmacandra, Vishnu Avatâra in Treta yuga & Hanumân,  monkey warrior who became Râma's devoted friend and servant;  also called "Sun of the Wind-God Vayu" and Anjaneya.




Indra: ('ruler', 'thousand-eyed') - Head of the ruling demigods
and King of the Heavenly planets. (Also Maghavan: protector of  the sacrifice)
with his carrier elephant Airâvata





Incarnations of Vishnu
From left to right:
the fish incarnation.
the tortoise incarnation.
the boar incarnation.
, the lion incarnation killing the demon Hiranyakasipu.
, the dwarf incarnation.




Agni: The demi-god ruling fire, riding on a Ram




Varuna ('universal') - God of seas and waters, riding on Makara, a giant monster fish.





Ganesha: Son of S'iva and Pârvatî, Vinayaka or Ganapathi or Vighneswara all indicate the Elephant-God, who is popular among young and old, and who is worshiped as the very first deity, before regularly beginning any ceremony or samskar, any yaga of yajna, any vow or fast or pilgrimage. He is the Lord of the ganas or divine forces, inside and outside the human body; He is the Lord, who masters and overwhelms vighna or obstacle, however imminent or eminent.

The mouse is Ganesha's vehicle. The mouse is a clever and lively creature. As a symbol it means that we should be clever and diligent in our actions. The mouse also symbolizes the darkness of the night. The mouse can see well in the dark. As Vinayaka's vehicle the mouse signifies an object that leads man from darkness to light. The Vinayaka principle thus means that which removes all the bad qualities, bad practices and bad thoughts in men and inculcates good qualities, good conduct and good thoughts.




Uma - Goddess, 
impersonation of the
material energy and 
spouse of Lord S'iva
(also called: 
Pârvatî, Durgâ (Kâtyâyanî) 
and Kali)
[see also:
S.B: 10:2, 7-11,12 & 
10:22, 2-3




As'vins, the As'vini Kumâras -
Twin gods responsible for medical care
and herbs born from Vivasvân
 (the name of the present sungod, to whom
the Bhagavad-gîtâ was explained
a 120.400.000 years ago) 
and his wife Vadavâ. 
They gave sage Cyavana his youth 
and thus achieved a share in the 
soma-rasa that before was denied 
to them. They received the protective 
shield of mantras that made them 
immortal from Dadhyanca
 (see also: S.B:
4.7: 5, 5.23: 7
6.9: 52
, & 8.13: 10).




Yamarâja or Yama:
Also called Dharma, the son of the sungod, Lord of Death, the Lord of retribution. The demigod awarding sinners punishment after their death. (see also S.B.:
6.3 & 5.26)






Candra or Soma: The demigod representing the order of the moon.
(see also S.B.:



Soma: Name of the moongod (see also Candra above).
Soma(-rasa): the fermented sour juice of a creeper which mixed with clarified butter by brahmins is used in vedic rituals. (see also S.B.: 9:14-3 & 4:1-15) & [in Dutch: Sai Baba en de Nara-Nârâyan Gufa-Ashram:
Hoofdstuk III]





Sûrya: The sungod, the personification of the order of the sun as known by nature
[see also S.B.: Canto 5, chapter 21:
The Reality of the Sungod Sûrya]

Sûrya is sitting on his cart, pulled by seven horses named to the vedic meters [Gâyatrî, Brihati, Usnik, Jagatî, Tristup, Anustup and Pankti] that are hooked up by Arunadeva to a yoke equally long, in order to carry the god of the sun.




The Maruts
'The flashing ones'; Associates of king Indra (see
Indra). The gods of the wind. Gods or godheads in general.





S'rîmad Bhâgavatam - 'The Story of the Fortunate One' - (Bhagavata Purâna)
Vahinis by Bhagavân S'rî Sathya Sai Baba

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