Venkateshwara Swamy, Padmavati, Bhudevi
Venkateswara is a form of Vishnu. The word ‘Venkateswara’ means the one who destroys the sins of people. According to ancient texts, Vishnu incarnated as Venkateswara out of love for his devotees and for the salvation of humanity. He is also known as Srinivasa, Balaji and Venkatachalapati. Venkateswara’s consort is Padmavati who is Mahalakshmi herself. Bhudevi is the wife of Vishnu’s third avatar – Varaha.
Lord Ganesh- the Hindu deity in a human form but with the head of an elephant - represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors. Hindus worship Ganesha first before beginning any religious, spiritual or worldly activity. In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva and the Divine Mother Parvati. The portrayal of Lord Ganesha as the blend of human and animal parts symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by Hindu sages and illustrates some philosophical concepts of profound spiritual significance.
Ayyappa is believed to be the son of Shiva and Vishnu (in his female incarnation, Mohini). Because of this Ayyappa is also known as ‘Hariharan Puthiran’ which means the son of both Shiva and Vishnu. Sabrimala in Kerala, India, is the most famous of Ayyappa’s Shrines..
Shiva (Mahesh) is the third god in the holy Hindu triumvirate. He is considered as the one responsible for destroying the universe in order to recreate it. Shiva is accompanied by his consort Parvati, the mother-goddess. Parvati is seen as the one responsible for bringing balance in Shiva’s life. Shiva has a third eye which represents his wisdom and insight. Every year on the 13th night or 14th day of the new moon in the Krishna Paksha of Maagha or Phalguna, ‘Shivaratri’ is celebrated to honor him.
In Hinduism, Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman Known as the teacher of Celibacy, Hanuman was a Naistika Brahmachari, Complete Celibate, and one of the central characters of Indian Epic Ramayana. As one of the Chiranjivi, he is also mentioned in several other texts, such as the Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh texts. Several later texts also present him as Son or RudraAmsam of Shiva. Hanuman is the son of Anjana and Kesari and is also son of the wind-god Vayu, who according to several stories, played a role in his birth.
Navagraha or the Nine Planets has great importance in Hinduism and Hindu rituals. Navagrahas are considered to play a major role in deciding the destiny of man. The Navagrahas are Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangal (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (North Lunar Node) and Ketu (South Lunar Node). It is believed that these nine planetary deities influence human lives and is responsible for all good or bad times, one faces in life.