As per the Hindu religion, the Supreme Being contains both masculine and feminine traits. The female part is as important as the male part. One has to consider the feminine aspect of the divine, in order to know the ultimate truth. It is believed that all goddesses of the Hindu pantheon are special forms of the divine mother- Shakti. To recognize the feminine aspect, it is necessary to restore wholeness, completeness and universality.
There are many goddesses and local deities in the Hindu mythology. Here
we will discuss some of the popular Hindu goddesses (forms of Shakti).
Durga symbolizes the power of the Supreme Being that maintains moral
order and righteousness in the universe. Worship of the goddess Shakti
is very popular among the Hindu people. Durga stands for the unified
symbol of all divine forces (Shaktis).
Lakshmi is the auspicious goddess of wealth and fortune, whether it is
material or spiritual. The word ''Lakshmi'' has been derived from the
Sanskrit word Lakshay, meaning "aim" or ''goal''. Goddess
Lakshmi suggests the aim of life, which includes all worldly and
Saraswati Devi is the Goddess of arts, music, knowledge, and wisdom.
Saraswati is considered as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the
Creator of the universe in the Hindu Religion.
Kali is one of the many forms of Shakti. Maha Kaali is the fiercest of
all goddesses of Hinduism. The word Kali has its roots in the Sanskrit
word "Kaal" which means time. And nothing escapes from time.
Goddess Kali is sometimes referred as the goddess of death.
Parvati is a well known goddess in the Hindu mythology. Goddess Parvati
is the divine consort of Lord Shiva, the trinity god. Parvati is also
considered as a representation of Shakti or Durga, but the gentle aspect
of that goddess not the fierce one.
The River Goddess Ganga / Ganges is considered as the most sacred river
of the Hindu Mythology. River Ganges is very much popular in India and
is worshipped as a goddess. Ganga is the most revered river in the
Goddess Radha is a well-known personality in Hindu Mythology. She is
also known as Srimati Radharani in the northern part of India. Radha is
usually depicted with her paramour Krishna.
Sita is the consort of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar (incarnation) of
Lord Vishnu. Sita is the one of the most popular goddesses of Indian
History. Devi Sita is regarded as the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi,
the divine consort of Lord Vishnu.