THE COSMIC TRINITY

  1. Surya, god of Energy.
  2. Agni, god of Fire.
  3. Vayu, god of Air.

THE HINDU TRINITY

  • The Creator, his manifestations and his family

Brahma, creator of the universe
Saraswati, his consort, goddess of learning
Swan, Saraswati’s vehicle

 

  • The Preserver, his manifestations and his family

Vishnu, preserver of the universe
Lakshmi his consort, goddess of wealth
Matsya the fish, first incarnation of Vishnu
Kurma the tortoise, second incarnation of Vishnu
Varaha the boar, third incarnation of Vishnu
Narasimha, half lion, half man, fourth incarnation of Vishnu
Vamana the dwarf, fifth incarnation of Vishnu
Parashurama, the slayer) sixth incarnation of Vishnu
Rama, the king who vanquished Ravana, seventh incarnation of Vishnu
Krishna, the cowherd warrior, eighth incarnation of Vishnu
Buddha, the Enlightened, ninth incarnation of Vishnu
Kalki, the last (yet to come) incarnation of Vishnu

Balarama, brother of Krishna
Lakshmana, brother of Rama
Ravana, the ten-headed king of Lanka
Radha, devotee-lover of Krishna
Rukmini, wife of Krishna
Sita, daughter of Janak, and wife of Rama

Hanuman, the monkey-god of the Ramayana
Jatayu, saviour of Sita
Garuda, vehicle of Vishnu and Lakshmi
Sheshanaga, the serpent-king on whom Vishnu rests

  • The Destroyer, his manifestations and his family

Shiva, destroyer of the universe
Mahesh, another namefor Shiva
Bhairav, the ascetic form of Shiva
Raudradeva, the angry form of Shiva
Nataraja, Shiva as the lord of dance
Parvati, Shiva’s consort and Shakti female energy
Durga, a form of Shakti, astride a lion
Kali, destroyer of evil, anotherform of Shakti
Meenakshi, at Madurai, a representation of Shakti or Parvati
Uma, daughter of the mountains, wife of Shiva (Parvati)
Ganesha, elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, remover of obstacles
Kartikeya, son of Shiva and Parvati, warrior-annihilator
Nandi the bull, Shiva’s vehicle

NAVAGRAHA OR THE NINE PLANETS

  • Surya, the sun
  • Soma, the moon
  • Buddha, Mercury
  • Sukra, Venus
  • Mangala, Mars
  • Brahspati, Jupiter
  • Shani, Saturn
  • Rahu, dragon’s head
  • Ketu, dragon’s tail