Vedic God & Goddesses
Lord Maheshwar is one of the trinitie Gods of Hindu Gods. Lord Maheswar is also called by name Shiva. He is the one who destroys the world. Each deity has His preferred mode of transportation. Nandhi is the vahana for Shiva.
Sri Ganesha is the first son of Sri Shiva and Sri Parvathi. Hindus pray to Ganesha before starting any new task. Among all the wonderful Hindu Deities, Ganesha is the closest to the material plane of consciousness, most easily contacted, and most able to assist us in our day-to-day life and concerns. In His hands, He wields a noose and a goad, With the noose He can hold you close, or hold obstacles close. He can capture and confine both blessings and obstacles. With the goad He can strike and repel obstacles. He is called remover of obstacles. The God is most knowledgeable one with Buddhi. Mouse is the vahana for Ganesh.
Vighneswara – Remover of Obstacles
The Supreme Being who is birthless assumes different forms for the benefit of humanity. The Pranava (Om) is the origin of the entire creation of insentient and sentient beings. Lord Vinayaka also endearingly called as Pillaiyar, Ganesa and Vigneswara is the embodiment of Pranava. Being the first-born of the Divine couple Parvati and Parameswara, He is indeed the first child adored by all humanity. His unique form with the face of an elephant with trunk and one tusk, and a human body is a personification of the mystic syllable `Om’. Vinayaka Caturthi is the celebration of His jayanthi.
Tamil Nadu abounds in temples for Pillaiyar which dot the countryside along the banks of rivers, under the trees and in every street. What is remarkable is that this deity is worshipped by one and all, since He is to be invoked first during the worship of other gods also as He is believed to remove all obstacles. And there is indeed an incident to the origination of offering worship to Vigneswara first which was initiated by Lord Siva Himself.
Once three Asuras (Tripurasuras) were becoming powerful usurping everyone’s wealth. The gods complained to Indra that they would pose a threat to their kingdom soon, but the king of the gods, Devendra expressed his inability to tackle them. The gods then went and beseeched Lord Vishnu to intercede, but He pointed out that though the Asuras caused trouble to others, they were great devotees of Siva and never failed to worship Him everyday and so He would not trouble them.
Finally the Devas took refuge in Lord Siva who also expressed His inability to punish them since they were His devotees but pointed out a way by telling them to inform Him if they failed to worship Him any day. Since all efforts to distract them from their daily worship failed, Siva Himself had to come down to Tiruvadikai where they lived. When He neared the place which is known as Achiripakkam the axle of His chariot broke. The Lord intuited that this obstacle was created by His own son Ganapati.
In his discourse Sri Sadhu Ram Swami said, since Ganapati was the Lord of the Ganas who were Siva’s retinue and He had set out to destroy the Asuras with His retinue without invoking the grace of Ganapati, Siva was unable to proceed on His journey. When He asked Ganesa to pardon His lapse, His son was unforgiving and demanded His head because Ganesa pointed out that the Lord Himself could not afford to commit a mistake. Siva appeased His son by breaking a coconut instead and proceeded to humble the Tripurasuras instead of destroying them since they were His devotees. Ever since this incident Lord Vigneswara’s grace is invoked while undertaking any venture
In Hinduism, Brahma is one incarnation of the Supreme Brahman and the first god in the Hindu trinity.Continuously reborn in a lotus that springs from the navel of Vishnu, the second of the three gods in the Hindu trinity, Brahma is said to have created the universe by opening his eyes. At the end of each eon, the universe ceases to exist because Brahma closes his eyes and the lotus retreats into Vishnu. A new world arises in the next eon, when a new lotus emerges from Vishnu’s navel and a new Brahma is born. Three of Brahma’s four heads are visible here. Shiva, the destroyer and third god in the Hindu trinity, destroyed the fifth head of Brahma.
Durga Pooja is performed in the month of Ashwin (September / October). Nine nights are spent in worship and the tenth day is devoted to goddess Durga.
Lakshmi the companion of Vishnu, the sustainer, is the Goddess of Wealth. She is represented in the Sri Meenakshi Temple as Padmavathi. Her place on the north wall is near Venkateshwara. Although we think of wealth first in terms of material wealth, She also bestows on Her devotees other types of wealth, including spiritual and intellectual wealth.
Goddess Saraswathi is the consort of Lord Brahma (Lord of Creation) and is the Goddess of wisdom and learning. Saraswati is the one who gives the essence (sara) of our own self (swa). She is considered as the personification of all knowledge – arts, sciences, crafts and other skills. She has a beautiful and elegant presence, is pure white in colour, clad in a white sari, seated on a white lotus, representing purity and brilliance. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning; mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has the sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus (a symbol of true knowledge) in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on the veena.