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 the mountain king, Himavan and queen Mena and the consort of Shiva. It also highlights Mount Kailash to be Her abode.
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 highlights Lakshmi 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.
Brahma is the creator god and the creator of the four Vedas. More specifically, He is recorded in Indian mythology as the creator of the universe and various beings in it. Many Puranas highlight Him being born from a lotus emerging from the navel of the god Vishnu, while other Puranas indicate that he was born from Shiva or His aspects. Saraswati, Savitri Devi and Gayatri are considered to be the consorts of Brahma, Brahmapura (Satyaloka or the Land of Truth) to be His abode and Vedas, Ladle and Utensil to be His symbols.
Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu is one of the major deities of Hindus. Hinduism highlights Him as the god of compassion, tenderness and love. Indian mythology highlights Devaki, Vasudeva, Yashoda and Nanda Baba to be the parents of Krishna and Sudarshana Chakra and Kaumodaki to be His weapon.
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