Saraswati: Everything You Need to Know

For Navratri this year (2014), October 2nd is the day to worship Saraswati...Saraswati (Saara-swa-ti) is the Goddess of art, music, philosophy, creativity, wisdom and learning. She is the consort of Brahma. Why Worship Saraswati* Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Saraswati It is good to pray to Saraswati before tests or when seeking to become knowledgeable about something new. She gives blessings to people in pursuit of knowledge or … [Read more...]


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Parvati: Everything You Need to Know

In honor of Navratri...Parvati is a family Goddess, known for her wifely devotion to Lord Shiva. She has many other names and aspects. Often Durga, Shakti, and Kali might be considered other forms of Parvati. Why Worship Parvati * Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Parvati? As a Goddess of family and love, she is the one to turn to for help with marriage, parenting, and fertility. She has remarkable strength and determination. Som … [Read more...]


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Ganesha: Everything You Need to Know

Ganesha is the elephant-headed God that is beloved by nearly all Hindus. Regardless of sect, branch, region, or family, it would be rare to find a Hindu who didn't have a Ganesh murti or some type of Ganesh symbol. Why Worship Ganesha* Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How He Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Ganesha? Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles (Vighneshwara). He is the one to pray to before starting any new endeavor. Often he is also honored first before sta … [Read more...]


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Brahma: Everything You Need to Know

Brahma as a God is a little different from the other two in the trinity. He is less often worshiped directly. Perhaps because he is preoccupied with creation. Perhaps because he was cursed to be worshiped less. Perhaps because creation is done and now preservation and destruction are closer to us and our experience.Brahma v.s. Brahman*Why Worship Brahma* Stories*Symbolism*Worship*Brahma v.s. Brahman This can get a bit confusing, but Brahman is the word for the concept of the universal … [Read more...]


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Vishnu: Everything You Need To Know

Vishnu (Vish-nuu or Wish-nuu) is another member of the Hindu trinity. It is Vishnu who represents preservation. He maintains the world and so he is very popular for woship. A branch of Hinduism views Vishnu as the ultimate Lord of all. That branch is called Vaishnava. Many people who follow Vishnu in particular are highly devotional, hence the people that you'll encounter who lose themselves in singing Hare Krishna; Hare Rama! Those are manifestations of Vishnu, the God who comes to earth and … [Read more...]


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Shiva: Everything You Need To Know

Shiva (pronounced Sheeva or Sheewa) is a very important God in modern Hinduism. He is one of the three Gods of the Hindu trinity, who represent Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Shiva is the destroyer. Not only the destroyer of creation when the time comes, but also the destroyer of ignorance and the destroyer of misery. There is an entire branch of Hinduism who puts Shiva as the One True God (Shivites/Shivaism).Why Worship Shiva * Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How He Is Worship … [Read more...]


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Shiva: Everything You Need To Know

Today's post is over at the paid premium blog. It is a detailed post on Lord Shiva, including stories about him, how to worship him, bhajans for him, and explanation of the symbolism of his image.http://admin.patheos.com/premium/whitehindu/2013/09/shiva-everything-you-need-to-know/ … [Read more...]


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Meet a God: Narayana

Lately Brad and I have been hearing a lot about a God called Narayana. He is featured in bhajans (hymns) and was mentioned quite a lot during our wedding service. I had never heard this name before, though!So, time for me to do some research and find out who is this God that I am not familiar with.It turns out that the name Narayana is an ancient Vedic name for Vishnu.This name refers to God in his infinite form and it means "The one who rests on water." Images of him often depict … [Read more...]


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Who Is Krishna?

If you know nothing else about Hinduism, you probably have at least heard of Krishna.His name shows up in religious circles but also in pop culture. He's one of the most recognizable figures in Hinduism with his blue skin and his flute.Who is Krishna?StoriesThe life of Krishna is divided up into three distinct parts. There's the stories of the baby Krishna and his mischievousness and miracles, then there are the stories of the teenage Krishna and his way with the cow herding … [Read more...]


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