(Last Updated on : 28/04/2017)
, an encyclopedic and voluminous text is one of the eighteen major Puranas
, holding a significant place in Hinduism
. It is named after the lotus
in which creator god
, Brahma appeared. This text is considered to contain 55,000 verses. Major sections of the text are based on Vishnu
and sections are also significantly based on Shiva
. Fortunately, manuscripts
of Padma Purana have survived and have made their way into the modern era in numerous versions giving an idea about its contents and characters. Given below are some of the Characters of Padma Purana.
Vishnu, the Supreme Being according to the Vaishnavism
tradition, is one of the major deities of Hindus. Vishnu forms a Hindu
Trinity or Trimurti along with Brahma and Shiva. Indian mythology
to be the consort of Vishnu and Vaikuntha
to be His abode. He can be recognized in places of worship with the help of dark or pale blue complexion and four arms. A padma or lotus flower
in the lower left hand, kaumodaki gada or mace in the lower right hand, panchajanya shankha
or conch in the upper left hand and the sudarshana chakra
or discus in the upper right hand are His various symbols.
, a major Hindu deity is the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is considered the Supreme Being, in Rama-centric traditions of Hinduism. Indian mythology
highlights Rama to be the prince of Ayodhya
to be His parents, Sita
to be His consort and Ayodhya and Santanaka to be His abode. He is considered especially important to Vaishnavism.
Sita, the daughter of the earth goddess, Bhumi and the adopted daughter of King Janaka
and Queen Sunaina is considered to be an avatar of Lakshmi. Indian mythology highlights that Sita married Rama in her youth, thereby becoming His consort. She is regarded as an inspiration for all the Hindu women for holding high spousal and feminine virtues.
Shiva, the Supreme Being according to Shaivism
tradition, is one of the major deities of Hindus. Shaivism holds Shiva as the one who creates, protects and transforms the universe. Within the Hindu Trinity, Shiva is the destroyer and transformer. Indian mythology highlights Parvati
, Sati, Durga and Mohini
as the consorts of Shiva, Mount Kailash to be His abode, Trishula to be His weapon and Lingam
to be His symbol.
Parvati is worshipped as the Hindu goddess
of fertility, love, devotion, divine strength and power. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism. Indian mythology highlights Parvati to be the daughter of mountain
king, Himavan and queen Mena and the consort of Shiva. It also highlights Mount Kailash to be Her abode.