Hinduism has given birth to many epics that were written to guide people to follow a virtuous life. These epics upheld the moral values and ethics of humans in ancient times as they do it now. Some of the great epics that we know are Ramayana and Mahabharata. These were written in Sanskrit language and spoke of numerous stories and fables. The Mahabharata is regarded as the longest epic ever to have been written and offers a deep knowledge about Hindu religion and its practices. Ramayana offers an insight into Lord Rama’s life and the victory of good over evil. By reading this epic, one can understand the true essence of life.
12. Hindu Mythology is inhibited not only by innumerable gods and goddesses but also different kinds of creatures
An interesting fact about our mythology is that its dotted with numerous creatures, some good, some evil. Apart from boasting of 330 million gods and goddesses, there are thousands of creatures that represent something. For example, there are Gandharvas or the musicians at the court of Lord Indra. These are the servants of Indra and live in Indralok. There are also many stories associated with Kinnaras or centaurs. The Apsaras are female musicians and dancers whose job is to seduce sages and rishis. Apart from these, the Hindu mythology also speaks of Nagas or snake spirits. These half snake-half humans are the protectors of treasures. Like western fairies, we too have Yakshas that are worshiped by many people.
13. The Hindu Mythology speaks of 12 battles that were fought between the gods and Asuras
12 battles were fought between the gods and the asuras in their quest to conquer the heaven, the earth and the underworld. These battles were all ferociously fought between a large number of ‘daityas’ and gods like Hiranyakashipu, Narasimha, Varaha, Andhaka-vadha, Vamana, Kolahala and Adibaka. The last and the decisive battle fought saw the defeat of the asuras at the hands of the gods.
14. The ancient Hindu texts mention about divine weapons, each associated with a particular deity
The Hindu sacred texts also speak about thousands of weapons used by gods and goddesses, each one of which possesses divine powers. Apart from the usual weaponry like daggers, spears, arrows, bows and shields, there are a multitude of divine weapons that gods used in fighting off evil. Such weapons included Brahmastra, Trishul, Shiva Dhanush, Varunastra, Chakram, and Garudastra. All these divine weapons have special mention in our epics as well. Some of these weapons were used by asuras who acquired these from observing meditations to please main gods.
The maha yogi or sanyasi ‘Shiva’ is a highly revered god in Hindu mythology. He is regarded as the divine god of destruction, and the one who dwells like a sage. Shiva is widely worshiped by all Hindus who have immense belief in his blessings. Most Hindu scriptures speak volumes about this yogi god and his many interesting stories related to Parvati, his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. An easy to please god, Shiva could be persuaded easily to grant wishes to his believers. But, his rage was feared too as he had the power to burn anyone with his third eye, lodged right in the center of his forehead.
Our religion is the oldest of all world religions and has many interesting myths and stories associated with it. We hope you loved reading our post that will definitely help you know Hindu mythology better.