Gods and Goddeses of India  ( A Set of 8 Books: Vol 1 to 8 )

Gods and Goddeses of India ( A Set of 8 Books: Vol 1 to 8 )

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Author: B K Chaturvedi
Publisher: Books for All
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 908
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817386/141/148/142/143/147/146/144/145



Lord Ganesh is perhaps the most complex deity among the Hindu Gods. He is Mangalmoorti (auspicious visaged ) and Vighneshwar (Lord of troubles) simultaneously. He grants boons and creates hurdles. He appears to be the heaviest among all the gods but has a tiny mouse as his favourite vehicle.

Some scholars consider him to be the most efficacious Gods who readily fulfils desires of his devotees while others doubt even regard him to be the original Aryan God but an accepted one from the pantheon of the aboriginal tribes dwelling in India before the Aryan advent.

Whether Ganesh is just a coglomeration of various symbols to create an ideally auspicious form or the result of the clash of the two alien cultures trying to forge a unity between two incompatible concepts? All these questions have been dealt with in this small volume which also has the text and translations of famous hymns orisons etc dedicated to Lord Ganesh in Nagari and Roman Scripts.


Lord Brahma is the most mysterious deity. Despite being the foremost number of the Supreme Trinity of the Hindu faith, he commands least respect as far as the ritual worship is concerned. He has not temple save one in Ajmer he has almost no shloka or hymn exclusively dedicated to him.

How could the devotees be no ungrateful, no contemptuous to their Creator? Is the job of Creation no inferior to that of preservation and destruction? Why Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiv command more respect than he does? All these questions have been dealt in a very analytical manner in this small book, which is perhaps the maiden attempt of its kind.


Lord Vishnu, the most revered deity of the Hindu Pantheon, is described to be having his permanent abode in water: Why? Why has he become the all-powerful, all-knowing God having the exclusive potency to incarnate his various forms to redeem the earth of its distress? Why he alone is the slayer of maximum number of demons? Why did he never give any boon to a demon unlike his other two companions of the Supreme Trinity-viz; Brahm! and Shiv-who were quite reckless in granting boons even to the most ferocious demons? Why Lakshmi, the Goddess of all riches, is his consort? Find answer to all these queries in this Book encompassing not only a logical interpretation of this deity’s omnipotence but also the Sanskrit/Hindi texts and their Hindi/English translations of all the hymns, orisons, artis etc; praising him.


Lord Shiv is perhaps the most popular deity of the Hindu pantheonism. He is at once easily propitiable but most dreadful in his wrath, supremely pious but most Care-fee in his mannerism. He, in fact is the only God who encompasses in his fold not only that which is noble and auspicious but also that which is most wicked and foul. All his these attributes go to make him supremely adorable.

This book attempts to portray him in his totality with plausible explanations and unbiased interpretations. To make the reader aware of all facts of his Grand From, his most popular hymns, orisons, prayers etc in Roman and Nagari scripts with their English and Hindi translations have also been included, along with relevant phonetic mark to help them get their correct pronunciation.

Goddess Saraswati the only Goddess of the Hindu Pantheon which is devoid of any negative attribute. She is like that mythical river of the same name, flowing calmly and unhurriedly and nourishing the lucid of the devout with its sererity and profundity in a most peaceful way. She is the repository of wisdom and knowledge; she is the origin of all letters and the fount of all creativity. This book encompasses all the attributes of this most noble Goddess in a lucid and engrossing style along with all the famous hymns and orisons composed in her honour with their translations in Hindi and English.

This is for the first time probably that this tiny volume contains all the known and unknown myths and legends about the Goddess including the brief analysis about the source and the course of flow of its in the river form. Did it ever meet the confluence of the two famous rivers: the Ganga and the Jamuna at Sangam? Which sea it eventually merged itself with? Answer to all the questions with their cogent explanations make this book somewhat unique. A must for every seeker of truth; the food for thought for every awakened mind.


Lakshmi believed to be the Goddess of wealth and riches, Lakshmi’s place of origin is also described to the ocean. Does wealth has any special link with water? Is the Sea-Churning by the Gods and the demos only a symbolical allegory? Why did she readily choose Vishnu as her consort? Why does the joint image of Lakshmi-Narayan have most of the temples dedicated to their worship?

This small book shall not only satisfy the curious, modern mind with logical answer to these questions but shall also allow the computer-Age youth to have a glimpse into the basic human psyche behind the creation of such a divine character. Included in the book are also the popular hymns, shlokas, chalisa etc; dedicated to Lakshmi with their original texts and Hindi-English translations.


Durga, the most popular Goddess in the Hindu belief, is desribed to be also the most ferocious female deity. She is the slayer of the most deadly demons and the protector of the weakest. What made her character acquire such ferocity? Why does she have the special worship at the time of the Navaratra?

Why do the devout especially invoke her blessings at the change of season? Not only answer to these questions are given in a most logical way in this Book but it also contains the Hindi/Sanskrit texts and their Hindi-English translations of all the popular hymns, prayers etc; devoted to this grand Goddess.


Lord Hanuman is essentially a deity of the masses. There is hardly any village or even a hamlet, let alone the big cities, which does not have a temple or idol dedicated to this popular deity. Adored by the children and the grown ups, the scholars and the wrestlers the commoners and the elite alike, Hanuman is regarded as the ultimate symbol of loyalty and devoted service.

All his these aspects have been logically discussed in this book which also encompasses his all popular hymns, the Chalisa etc in Roman and Nagari scripts along with their English and Hindi renderings for the benefit of the curious and devoted readers alike. A complete book on Lord Hanuman!



Birth-Legends and Names
Other Legends
Symbolic Interpretation of the Form
Ritual Worship, Vows, Fasts Connected with Lord Ganesh
Temples of Lord Ganesh
Lord Ganesh in the Tantra-Sadhana
Popular Hymns, Orisons, Stotras, Artis and Prayers of Lord Ganesh
Eulogy of Lord Ganesh (Composed by Goswami Tulsidas)
Shree Ganesh Chalisa (Forty Rhymes)
Shree Ganapati Eulogium
Panegyric Poetry for Lord Ganesh
General Hymns
A Prayer to Lord Ganesh (Composed by Goswami Tulsidas)


The Origin of the Creator
The distinction Between Brahma and Brahma
The Status of Brahma in the Supreme Trinity
Why Brahma is so Unpopular?
Brahma’s Family (Wives and Psychic Issues)
The Order of the Creation by the Creator
The Time Divisions of Brahma and the End of the Creation



Vishnu-The Lord Supreme
The Ten Avataar (Incarnation) of Lord Vishnu
What is an Avataar?
Famous Temples of Lord Vishnu
Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu
Famous Hymns, Orisons, and Prayers of Lord Vishnu –In Nagari & Roman Script along with their Hindi and English translations.
Morning Meditation
A Prayer-To the Friend of the Humble
The Redemption of the Elephant
God’s Prayer to Lord Vishnu-From Tulsidas’s Sri Ramcharitmanas
A Eulogy by the Sage to Lord Vishnu’s Incarnation as Ram-From Tulsidas’s in Praise of Lord Vishnu
A Famous Devotional Song-Comparing Vishnu and Krishna’s Forms



Lord Shiv: The God of the Gods

The God with a Regular Family

Other Important Legends

Worship of Lord Shiv (Mahashivratri Celebrations)

Rudraksha: The Beloved Berry of Rudra

The Temples of Lord Shiv

Hymns, Orisons and Prayer

The Five Lettered Manta of Lord Shiv

The Essence of the Vedic Hymns to Lord Shiv

Eight Verses in the Praise of lord Rudra

The Hymns to Ensure Victory over Death-By Lord Shankar’s Grace)

Forty Verses in the Praise of Loed Shiv

The Orison of Lord Shiv

The Form (of Lord Shiv) for Meditation



Saraswati: The Goddess of Speech and Learning
Goddess Saraswati: In Puranas and Scriptures
Saraswati the Mysterious River
Saraswati: In the Upanishads
Saraswati: The Goddess of Music and Fine Arts
Saraswati and Tantra-Shashtra
Goddess Saraswati’s Form and Ritual Worship
Various Hymns, Orisons, Songs etc, Devoted to Goddess Saraswati
(With Their Texts in Nagari and roman Scripts and Hindi-English Translations)
Five Hymns Devoted to Lalita (Saraswati) Goddess
Hymns to Goddess Saraswati
Forty Rhymes in the Praise of Goddess Saraswati
The Salutation to Goddess Saraswati
A Children-Hymn to Goddess Saraswati
A Hymn to Mother Goddess Sharada
Arti of Mother Goddess Saraswati
Form for Meditation



Goddess Lakshmi: The Churned Out Gem from the Ocean
Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity
Goddess Lakshmi: In Various Mythological Legends
Goddess Lakshmi: In Folk Tales of India
The Ritualistic Worship of Goddess Lakshmi
Famous Temples of Goddess Lakshmi
Some Famous and Popular Hymns, Orisons, Artis etc, of Goddess Lakshmi
With Their Romanised Text Versions and Hindi-English Translations
Eight Verses of Eulogy for Goddess Lakshmi
The Evening Invocation of the Goddess
Forty Rhymes in the Honour of Goddess Lakshmi
Arti of Goddess Lakshmi



The Concept of Mother-Goddess
The Mythological Forms of Goddess Durga
The Images of Goddess Durga
The Boon Bestowing Mother Goddess
The Durga Puja Festival Celebrations
Temples of Goddess Durga
The Hymns, Orisons, Prayers-With Original Texts Nagari and Roman Transliteration and Their Unabridged Hindi-English Translation
Shankarcharya Created An Apology to Goddess
A Series of Strotras of Invocation
An Orison By the Gods
A Prayer
The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Shree Bhagwati (Goddess) Strotram
The Forty Rhymes-in the Praise of Goddess Durga
Two Aartis of Mother Goddess Durga
A Salutation



Birth and Childhood Legends
Hanuman’s Role in Lord Ram’s Doings
Other Legends Highlighting Hanuman’s Character
Hanuman, the Unique Character in the Hindu Pantheism
The Famous Temples of Lord Hanuman
Famous Prayers, Orisons, Incantations etc, of Lord Hanuman (With Original Texts, Their Romanised Version and Simultaneous Hindi-English Translations
Form to Remember
The Twelve Distress-Dispelling Names of Lord Hanuman
Hymns of Lord Hanuman
Forty Rhymes in the Honour of Lord Hanuman
The Eight Verses in the Honour of Hanuman, The Distress Dispeller
Bajrang Ban-Lord Hanuman’s Arrow
A Song
Aarties of Lord Hanuman