Thousands of years has passed since man was created, and ever since then people have always worshipped a higher figure, being or object. For primitive humans the first thing they worshipped was a stone, then plants and trees. As time passed and civilization evolved, it altered and man started to worship animals, especially those that had a dominant physical trait. People’s adoration then changed to the elements, then to man in the form of priests, kings or prophets and finally it has, settled on Heavenly Beings which are worshipped by different religions. Two of the more prominent religions in society are Hinduism and the Islamic religion. The Origins of Worship | Urantia Book | Urantia Foundation. 2015.
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This is evident in their god Surya who is their sun god, Garuda the messenger god and Hanuman, the god of courage and power. Yet, there has to be more prominent deities in their religion, and there is. There are three gods which are a part of the Hinduism triumvirate, which are the gods that have the responsibility of the creation, preservation and destruction of the world, they include Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma, is the creator God and is considered to have been the founder of the world. Even though he played such a vital role in the creation of Earth, he is the least worshiped god in Hinduism. This is mainly because his role in creation is, apparently, over. The god Vishnu is proclaimed to be the powerful preserver and protector. This god is one of the more worshiped gods due to defending the world that we live on. The god responsible for destruction is Shiva. Even though it sounds like this god has a passion for slaughter, the destruction that Shiva causes is believed to extinguish the flaws in our world. (Swami-krishnananda.org. 2015) and (bbc.co.uk. 2015)
Even though followers of Hinduism have many gods in their religion they usually have a personal God which they support the most and worship more than the others. Whilst a large percentage of Hindu’s believe in hundreds of gods, some like to argue that there is only one or three gods to worship. (Shaivam.org. 2015)
By worshipping different gods the followers of Hinduism
Hindus worship everything around them. Hinduism is monotheistic, yet is thought to be polytheistic for the preceding reasons. The premise surrounding this belief is that the “Supreme Being” found in so many forms. Not placing limited parameters on the “Supreme Being”, as other religions are known to, is yet another modern appeal to Hinduism.
Hinduism is commonly thought of as the world’s oldest religion. There are approximately one billion Hindus worldwide. The vast majority live in India, although there are large populations of Hindus in South Asia, United States, Australia, Western Europe, and Canada. Hindus recognize a supreme being that can exist in copious different forms and identities and several local deities as well. Some of the important deities include Vishnu, Shiva and Shiva’s consort. Vishnu is a God that has been depicted to have arrived on Earth in both the forms of a human and an animal. It has been said that his purpose was to
Jews strictly believe in one God and have no exception for that belief. Hindus also claim to believe in one God but in practice refer to thousands of other personalities as gods. Prophets play a special role in most
The worship of Many Gods in Hinduism, has its genesis in the discovery of the ultimate reality, the source of all creation, by the ancient sages of the Vedas. The divinity of god resides everywhere and in all things. “Just as the ocean pervades all waves, just as clay pervades all pots, just as gold pervades all ornaments, so too god permeates all things
It's name, Ganesha. The most popular and mostly worshiped figure of Hinduism is Ganesha. He is the lord of success and destroyer of all evil and obstacles. He is also worshiped as the God of knowledge, wealth, and wisdom. Secondly, would be Shiva, the most powerful and fascinating deity in Hinduism. Representing death and dissolution, they happen to be one of the Godheads in the Hindu Trinity, and know by many more names. Third is Krishna, the ninth and the most complete avatar of Vishnu, or the Godhead of the Hindu Trinity. Krishna influences Indian thought, life, and culture in many ways. Krishna not only influences that, but also their religion, philosophy, mysticism, literature, painting and sculpture, dance and music, and all other aspects of India folklore. Coming in fourth as one of the most popular and worshiped deities would be Rama. Rama, or the perfect avatar of the Supreme Protector Vishnu, is an all time favorite among all Hindu deities. Its the most popular symbol of chivalry and virtue. It is known that Rama is the 'embodiment of truth, and morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, and above all, the ideal king. Rama is believed to be an actual historical figure, a tribal hero of ancient India. Lastly, of the top five deities mostly worshiped would be Hanuman, or the mighty ape. It aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces. Hanuman is the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. It is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance, and devotion. In fact, at the time of struggle, Hindus chant the name of Hanuman or sing his hymn.
In Hinduism there are many Gods and Goddess in which they rule over supernatural forces such as creation, destruction, life, death, and etc. Their appearance vary with each one having their own unique roles, appearances and following. Generally they are depicted with many arms which shows that they are omnipotent and some of them have more than one head which represent wisdom and etc and each one of them carry an item which symbolize their role or power . Each God and Goddess have their own stories and
Every religion in the world holds beauty and mysteries. It gives the worshiper the confidence they need to make it through the toughest of days. My catholic faith has guided me, healed me and opened my heart to the world. However, my faith differs from those of my friends and I believe world religions are very crucial to free us from ignorance. The two religions I feel I am most ignorant to are Islam and Hinduism, therefore it is those to religions I find the most interesting as they pose a new outlook on faith to me.
The Hindu religion has been around for thousands of years and is one of the worlds oldest and largest religions. The Hindu faithful celebrate their Gods in many forms. According to Fisher (2014), “there are actually 330 million deities in India"(page 71). Hindus treat their Idols as living Kings and queens. Hindus also worship the Gods and try to reach total enlightenment, in different ways as there is no one set way to reach enlightenment. They meditate, practice yoga and leave offerings for the Deity’s. Hindus believe in a constant
As a theologian, to answer the question of why Hindus worship many gods; I would simply say that it is because in their religion one supreme God created many other gods to become his or her helpers. Next,
Being a polytheistic religion, Hindus worship multiple Gods. Although a lot of the different gods are said to be different avatars of the trimurti, in a sense, each God represents an ideal quality or role one must follow to in order to follow their Dharma. As shown in a lot of the readings each God has a different quality and these qualities in a sense serve as model behaviors a true believer must follow in order to follow the path of Dharma. For example, Goddess Durga, is considered to be a very good role model of Feminist movements in India. It is said that she represents the the violent and destructive qualities of the Mother Goddess (Shakti). She is known to protect mankind from the evil by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, anger,
Sexuality within human culture can have a wide variety of definitions and as human beings on a cultural level differences in “Appropriate” and “Inappropriate” sexuality can differ. The Hindu and Muslim traditions and ethics will be examined in this essay. Although there are very similar views between Hinduism and Islam the reasoning behind these, views differ due to the fact that basic key concepts of these faiths differ so tremendously. Although at a superficial glance the ethical viewpoints of Gender roles, Sexuality as a whole, Homosexuality ,and Sexuality as a whole seem almost consistent with one another. Although they differ in more ways than they are similar.
In contrast to majority of devout religions, Hinduism participates in the worship of many gods – thus making it a polytheistic religion consisting of a Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Brahma is the The Creator, and a member of the Hindu Trinity. Brahma intimately creates everything in the universe. In addition, Vishnu maintains the balance and harmony of the universe. Last but not least, Shiva perpetually destroys the universe: “it’s the necessary step to make renewal possible” (Hindu Gods and
Although, Hinduism might be regarded by some as a polytheistic religion in its most basic form Hinduism is based around one deity. The Brahma is the god that all of the other gods are derived from and each god is a manifestation of the one being. There are four other main deities, aside from Brahma,
Muslims and Hindus have differing views on god. Muslims are monotheistic, they believe that one god, who they refer to as Allah, created the universe and all things within it. Furthermore Muslims believe that Allah is the only being worthy of worship and that he created mankind for the sole purpose of worshiping him (www.whyislam.org, 2015) Muslims also distain any representation of their gods and prophets. This is in stark contrast to Hindus who worship many gods and are wholly polytheistic. Hindus find release from life by committing their religious attention to one or
Another way of thinking about Hinduism deities is through the example of a government. In order for a government to run efficiently, first you need to assign different roles to different people. By putting all these roles together, you end up with the running version of the government. That is the essential concept behind Hinduism. To get Brahman (the government), you need small parts for different parts such as music, wisdom, creation, etc. So the gods and goddesses such as Saraswati, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and millions more take these roles. When you put all of them together, you get Brahman. By worshipping one aspect of Brahman, you are still worshipping the whole