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).
"Many images of Kali show her with a long tongue, caught in the act of licking the blood of warriors. In these images, she often appears as a hag, emaciated, ugly, with fangs, and with blood dripping from her tongue. But as human consciousness evolved over the centuries, so, it seems, did the image of Kali. Her body became beautiful, as it is in most modern representations." -"Awakening Shakti"
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.
And he who at the time of death Meditating on Me alone, Goes forth, and leaving the body, Doubtless attains to My Being. Whatever he remembers when Departing from the body, that Alone is reached by him because Of his constant thinking of that. Therefore, at all times, constantly Remember Me, and then do fight: With mind and intellect absorbed In Me, you thus shall come to Me. —Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita