India is a land of multitude of religions, where each religion has its own principle that the believers strictly follow. All the religions though follow one unique principle the God is unique and ultimate, the supreme power. While all others strongly believe and follow the same, Hinduism believes in the oneness of God, but also believes that Gods are in a multitude of forms.

God and Goddesses of India:

One of the oldest scripture of Hinduism is the Rig Veda, which is an amalgamation of stories of the different Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism. This is why this concept is strongly accepted by the Hindus.

The Rig Veda being the oldest Hindu scripture has laid emphasis on some of the Gods and Goddesses that are considered to be more sacred. The famous sacred God and Goddesses in India according to the Rig Veda are listed as below

Lord Shiva along with his companions, his sons and various forms, Lord Vishnu along with his various avatars and embodiments and Shakti, Goddess of power, Lord Ganesha, Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Goddess Durga, are the most worshipped Gods and Goddesses in India. There are other important Gods and Goddesses like Prithvi Mata (Earth Mother), Agni the fire God, Vayu the Air God, Arjanya the rain God, Surya the sun God, Varuna the God of the oceans, Indra the God of wars, soma God of speech usha the Goddess of dawn, Yama the God of death.

It is because of this multitude of forms of Gods in Hinduism that the festivals are celebrated for each God. Every festival is unique for each God. The beliefs of the Hindus in their culture are so strong that they take great efforts in order to celebrate their festivals with great pomp and excitement. Most of these festivals are declared as Government holidays.

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