Gods of Hinduism

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Gods of Hinduism

Gods of Hinduism

Shiva is the third God in the Hindu trimurti. He is also called the destroyer. Shiva is regarded limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. He is regarded as the patron God of yoga and arts. Shiva is married to Parvati and his son is the God Ganesh. The iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, the snake around his neck, the crescent moon adorning, the holy river Ganga flowing from his hair, his weapon the tracheal and the musical instrument the damaru.

Brahma is born out of the bellybutton of Vishnu. The Creator of the universe and God of wisdom and knowledge. Father to Manu from who the manhood origins. Brahma is pictured with four faces, but only three is visible at a time. The four faces shows the four directions of space as Brahma is the God of. Brahma is also shown with four arms. Many rituals contains prays to and for Brahma, but only a few temples is made for this God. Brahma is married to Sarasvati, the goddess of art, music and literature. She is mostly pictured with a book in one hand and a instrument in the other. In some other traditions Brahma is married to Gayatri who represents blessing and the art of life-giving.

Vishnu is the second God of the “Trimurti”. Vishnu is also known as the preserver and - with Shiva - the most wellknown God among the Hindus. Brahma lost a lot of his popularity as the Creator because his mission was to create India and that mission is accomplished - But Vishnu and Shiva is still going strong as they represent something that will always be on our Earth: sickness and death. Vishnu used the two avatars Rama and Krishna to visit the Earth. By being these two avatars Vishnu could save the humans from several diseases and other things - just like Jesus did according to the Christian bible. Rama is the 7th reinkarnation of Vishnu. He is always shown with a bow which symbolizes he is ready to fight the evil of the Universe. Sometimes he is pictured with his wife Sita, the brother Lakshman and the admirer Hanuman, who is sitting at Rama’s feet. Krishna is the other avatar Vishnu uses and he is very wellknown and prayed to by a lot Hindus.

This Glogster is about the gods of Hinduism. You will learn about the three main gods starting with Brahma, second is Vishnu and at the end Shiva. Watch the video on the right and do the task explained below

Brahma

Shiva - the destroyer

Vishnu

Task: What is happening? Re-tell the story in your group1. Give a summary of the video. Information about the main charactersImportant eventsSurprising elementsYour opinion of the video2. Look at the pictures of the Hindu Gods.- What do you think of them?3. Play “Eye to the painting”:o Pupil 1 describes every detail of the picture of one of the Hindu Gods.o Pupil 2 cannot look at the picture but must draw every detail Pupil 1 describes. 4. Compare the painting to the pictures ♣ Are there any similarities / differences?


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