Hindu Deities:

Hindu Deities-
There are 33 devas (divines) that include agni, indra, varuNa, vAyu and others.
There are many references to these names in the vedas. If we analyze it we could see that each one is an essential function (fire, water, air, sun etc) that supports our living in this world. So these 33 aspects are hailed in the vedas.
But Hindus consider the trinity (brahma, viShNu, rudra) to be above these divines. While brahma does not get worshipped by many as the God, shiva (rudra is an aspect of Lord Shiva) and viShNu are worshipped by the Shaivites and the Vaishanavaites respectively. Along with Shaivism and Vaishnavism, shAktam, gANApatyam, kaumAram, sauram are the four religions that make up the shaNmata (six religions) on the Hinduism.

Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu triumvirate (orTrimurti). The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Brahma and Shiva.Brahma is the creator of the universe and Shiva is the destroyer. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe.His role is to return to the earth in troubled times and restore the balance of good and evil. So far, he has been reincarnated nine times, but Hindus believe that he will be reincarnated one last time close to the end of this world.Vishnu's worshippers, usually called Vaishnava, consider him the greatest god. They regard the other gods as lesser or demi gods. Vaishnava worship only Vishnu. Vishnu monotheism is called Vaishnavism.

Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Brahma and Vishnu. Brahma is the creator of the universe while Vishnu is the preserver of it. Shiva's role is to destroy the universe in order to re-create it. Hindus believe his powers of destruction and recreation are used even now to destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world, paving the way for beneficial change. According to Hindu belief, this destruction is not arbitrary, but constructive. Shiva is therefore seen as the source of both good and evil and is regarded as the one who combines many contradictory elements. Shiva is known to have untamed passion, which leads him to extremes in behaviour. Sometimes he is an ascetic, abstaining from all wordly pleasures. At others he is a hedonist. It is Shiva's relationship with his wife, Parvati which brings him balance. Their union allows him to be an ascetic and a lover, but within the bounds of marriage. Hindus who worship Shiva as their primary god are members of the Shaivism sect.

Brahma is the first god in the Hindu triumvirate, or trimurti. He is regarded as the senior god and his job was creation. He should not be mistaken with Brahman, who is the supreme God of all. Brahma is the least outwardly worshipped god in Hinduism today, and there are only two temples in the whole of India devoted to him, compared with the many thousands devoted to the other two. Brahma has four heads and it is believed that from these four heads came the four Vedas (the most ancient religious texts which define truth for Hindus). Some also believe that the caste system, or four varnas, came from different part of Brahma's body.

Laxmi is the consort of the god Vishnu. She is one of the most popular goddesses of Hindu mythology and is known as the goddess of wealth, knowledge and purity. Hindus believe that those who worship Laxmi sincerely, not in greed, are blessed with fortune and success. It is said that Lakshmi resides in places of hard work, virtue and bravery, but leaves whenever these qualities are not apparent any more.                                       Top

New Plan

The Laxmi Narayan Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that the second phase of construction is underway.
The building work has been progressing effectively whilst every effort has been made to resume temple services for the devotees.
               However this is a big undertaking and completion of this project relies heavily on your moral and financial support. Without your ongoing support, charitable donations and continued fundraising this vision will not be possible.