Lord Shiva and Family. I love the artistic depictions of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Kartikeya.

Lord Shiva and Family. I love the artistic depictions of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Kartikeya.

There is an ocean at the bottom of each material universe. A huge form of Vishnu reclines on Sesha Naga, an expansion of Himself. His wife Laxmi, also part of Him, massages His feet. From Vishnu (goodness) comes Brahma who begins creation (passion) within the universe. Each universe also has a Shiva, part of Vishnu combined with matter (ignorance), allowing those who live in that mode to worship God. OM, the sound of Vishnu's conch shell, is shown by Sesha Naga's form.

There is an ocean at the bottom of each material universe. A huge form of Vishnu reclines on Sesha Naga, an expansion of Himself. His wife Laxmi, also part of Him, massages His feet. From Vishnu (goodness) comes Brahma who begins creation (passion) within the universe. Each universe also has a Shiva, part of Vishnu combined with matter (ignorance), allowing those who live in that mode to worship God. OM, the sound of Vishnu's conch shell, is shown by Sesha Naga's form.

HINDU GODS CHART There are four main sects within Hinduism: 1. Shaivism (in which Shiva is worshipped as the main god); 2. Vaishnavism (in which Vishnu worshipped as the main god); 3. Shaktism (in which the female aspects of god are primarily worshipped); and 4. Smartism (in which six main gods are worshipped: Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, Ganesh, Murugan and Surya).

HINDU GODS CHART There are four main sects within Hinduism: 1. Shaivism (in which Shiva is worshipped as the main god); 2. Vaishnavism (in which Vishnu worshipped as the main god); 3. Shaktism (in which the female aspects of god are primarily worshipped); and 4. Smartism (in which six main gods are worshipped: Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, Ganesh, Murugan and Surya).

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