Hindu Deity Translations

Many people wish to know the meanings of the Deities we sing to in Kirtan.  For many of us, each contains an aspect of eternal Truth that we open to as we sing our devotion.  Below are some short definitions based on different translations.  This is a very small taste of the delicious flavors of the Divine that we open our hearts and voices to as we sing.  Please feel free to email us with clarifications and additions.

                      

BRAHMA

Creative Quality Of The Universe

Lord Brahma

God

Creator Of The Universe

Prakriti

Goddess

Nature / Creative Force Of The Universe

VISHNU

God                              Preserving / Operative Force Of The Universe

Narayana

Vishnu

Perceiver of all, all prevading consciousness

Narayani

Goddess

Exposer of consciousness

Lord Rama

King

Lord of Truth and Integrity

Lord Krishna

King

Giver Of Bliss, Attractive One

SHIVA

Destroyer of the Universe

Shakti

Goddess

 

Lord Shiva

King

Consciousness of infinite goodness

Kali

Goddess

Remover of darkness

Maheshvara

Lord Shiva

Great Consciousness (Maha-Ishvara)

Mahesvari

Durga

 

Ganesh (Ganapate)

Son Of Parvati & Shiva

Lord of wisdom

Hanuman

Ram's Greatest Devotee

Total Devotion and Selfless Service

DEVI

Divine Goddess                   Mother Of Creation

Lakshmi

Consort of Vishnu

Goal of all existence, Goddess of true wealth

Saraswati

Consort of Brahma

Goddess of all pervading knowledge

Durga

Goddess

She who relieves difficulties, remover of afflictions

Jagadambe

Goddess

Mother (Ambe) of the World (Jagat) / Mother Earth

Sita

Consort of Ram

 

Radha

Consort of Krishna

Pure Lover Of God

Parvati

Consort of Shiva

 

Gauri

Parvati

Goddess who is rays of light, Bright

Chandi

Goddess

Goddess who tears apart thought

Uma

Parvati

She who protects existence

Sati

Consort Of Shiva

Embodiment of truth

Bhavani

Shakti

Embodiment of the universe

Bhadrakali

Kali

Excellent one beyond time

OTHER DIVINE ASPECTS

 

 

Ishvara

 

Supreme Controller Of The Universe

Chamunde

 

Slayer of passion and anger

Tara

Kali

Buddist form of Kali

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