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Rishis

Rishis are enlightened beings who composed the Vedas. They possess immense powers and can bestow boons or give curses.

Saptrishi

The Saptrishi are seven sages who are changed every Manvantara.

  • Kashyapa is the father of the Adityas, Daityas and Danavas. His wives are the daughters of Daksha like, Aditi. Diti, Danu and Vinata among others. He is the son of Marichi.
  • Atri has composed many hymns on Lord Agni. His consort is Anasuya, his children are Durvasa and Dattareya.
  • Vashishta was the Rajguru of King Dasharatha’s court. His consort is Arundhati, his son is Sakti Maharishi (the father of Sage Parashara)
  • Vishvamitra was the King of Kanyakubja. He performed penance and became a Rajrishi. His children are, Sushruta (father of plastic surgery) and Shakuntala.
  • Gautama has composed many hymns in the Rig Veda. His consort is Ahalya, their son is Shatananda.
  • Jamadagni is the father of the 7th Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Parshurama. He is a Descendant of Sage Bhrigu.
  • Bharadvaja is the son of Brishaspati, the god of Jupiter. His children are, Dronacharya (the teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas) and Ilavida (the mother of Kubera)
Manasputras

Manasputras are mind-born sons of Lord Bramha

  • Angiras is the co-author of the Atharva Veda. His consort is Surupa, his son is Brihaspati.
  • Atri has composed many hymns on Lord Agni. His consort is Anasuya, his children are Durvasa and Dattareya.
  • Pulastya is the father of Rakshasas. His consort is Manini, his children are Vishrava (father of Ravana and Kubera) and Agastya.
  • Marichi is the father of Kashyap. His consort is Kala.
  • Pulaha is the father of Kardama, his wife is Kshama.
  • Kratu is the father of the Valakhilyas (60,000 thumb-sized Sages). His consort is Santhathi.
  • Bhrigu is the well-known author of the Bhrigu Samhita. His consort is Khyati, and his children are, Bhargavi (a form of Lakshmi) and Shukracharya.
  • Vashishta was the Rajguru of King Dasharatha’s court. His consort is Arundhati, his son is Sakti Maharishi (the father of Sage Parashara)
  • Daksha is one of the Prajapatis. His consort is Prasuti. His children are the wives of renowned Sages like. His daughter Sati was the wife of Lord Shiva.
  • Narada is the messenger of the Devas. He is a Devarishi.
  • Chitragupta is the god assigned with the task of keeping track of all the good and bad deeds of all the humans. His consorts are Nandini and Shobhavati.
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Devas

There are thousands of Devas (Gods), some of them are.

Tridev:

The three Gods responsible for the Creation, Protection and Destruction in the Universe.

  • Brahma the god of creation. His Vāhanā is a Swan, He carries a Kamandal, the four Vedās, a Japamālā (a string of prayer beads) and a lotus. He resides in Brahmalok with his consorts, Gāyatri, Sāvitri and Saraswati.
  • Vishnu the god of protection. His Vāhanā is Garuda, the eagle, his weapons are, the Sudarshan Chakra (discus), the Panchajanya conch, Kaumodakī Mace, Sharanga bow and Nandaka sword. He resides in Vaikunth with his consorts, Bhūmi and Lakshmi.
  • Shiva the god of destruction. His Vāhanā is Nandi, the bull, he carries a Trishul (trident). He resides in Mt. Kailāsh with his consort, Pārvati. They had two sons, Ganeshā and Kartikēya
Âdityas:

The sons of Aditi and Rishi Kashyap.

  • Indra is the King of all Devās and the god of Rain and Thunder. His Vāhanā (mount) is Airāvat, the Five-headed Elephant. His consort is Shachi Devi, the goddess of Beauty and Rage, he resides Devlok. They had one son Jayant, and two daughters Jayanti and Devasenā. He carries a very powerful thunderbolt called Vajrā, which is capable of causing serious damage.
  • Varun is the god of water. He carries a Noose and his Vāhanā is a crocodile. His consort is Varuni, he resides in Jalloka.
  • Surya is the god of sun and light. His Vāhanā is a Chariot pulled by seven Horses, driven by Arunā. His consorts are Sandhya and Chhāyā. He had three sons, Yam and the Ashvins and two daughters, Yami and Yamunā from Sandhya. He also had a son, Shani and two daughters, Bhadra and Tapati from Chhāyā.
  • Chandra is the god of moon and night. He carries a rope and his Vāhanā is a Chariot pulled by an antelope. His consorts are the 23 daughters of Daksha, including Rohini.
  • Kāmdev is the god of love. He carries a sugarcane bow and a floral arrow. His Vāhanā is a parrot and his consort is Rati, the goddess of pleasure.
  • Agni is the god of fire. He carries a Staff and his Vāhanā is a ram. His consort is Svāha.
  • Mitra is the god of Friendship. He carries a sword and rides a horse.
Navagraha:

The nine celestial bodies

  • Surya is the god of sun and light. His parents are Kashyap and Aditi. His Vāhanā is a Chariot pulled by seven Horses, driven by Arunā. His consorts are Sandhya and Chhāyā. He had three sons, Yam and the Ashvins and two daughters, Yami and Yamunā from Sandhya. He also had a son, Shani and two daughters, Bhadra and Tapati from Chhāyā.
  • Chandra is the god of moon and night. He carries a rope and his Vāhanā is a Chariot pulled by an antelope. His consorts are the 23 daughters of Daksha, including Rohini, who gave birth to Budhā.
  • Mangal is the god of Mars. His parents are Vishnu and Bhūmi (earth). He carries a Trishūl (trident) and his Vāhanā is a Ram. His consort is Mangalā.
  • Budha is the god of Mercury. His parents are Chandra and Rohini and his Vāhanā is a Yāli lion. His consort is Ila and they have a son called Pururavas.
  • Brihaspati is the god of Jupiter and teacher of gods. His Vāhanā is an elephant and his consort is Tāra.
  • Shukra is the god of Venus and the teacher of the Daityas (Asuras). His consort is Jayanti (Indra and Shachi’s daughter) and they have a daughter called Devayāni.
  • Shani is the god of Saturn and Karma (deeds). His parents are Surya and Chhaya, His Vāhanā is a crow.
  • Rahu is the god of Neptune and the Lunar ascending node.
  • Ketu is the god of Uranus and the Lunar descending node.
Panchbhoot:

The five elemental Gods

  • Agni is the god of fire. He carries a Staff and his Vāhanā is a ram. His consort is Svāha.
  • Varun is the god of water. He carries a Noose and his Vāhanā is a crocodile. His consort is Varuni, he resides in Jalloka.
  • Vāyu is the god of wind. He carries a goad. His parents are Kashyap and Aditi. His Vāhanā is a gazelle and His consort is Bhārati. His sons are, Hanumān and Bhīma (spiritual sons).
  • Dhyaus is the god of sky and Heaven. His Vāhanā is a Cow, his consort is Yogasiddha, who gave birth to Vishwakarma.
  • Bhūmi is the Goddess of the earth. She rides a cow and is the Consort of Lord Vishnu. She is the mother of Narakāsura.
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  • Ganeshā is the God of auspicious beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles. His Vāhanā is Mooshika, the rat, he carries a Parashu (axe), Ankusa (elephant goad) and a Pāsa (noose). His parents are Shiva and Pārvati. He has a younger brother called Kārtikēya.
  • Hanumān is the god of Bhakti (devotion). His parents are Anjanā and Kēsari. He is a Brahmachāri (celibate).
  • Kartikēya is the god of War and the Commander of the Devas. His Vāhanā is a Peacock. His consorts are, Valli and Devasēna, daughter of Indra. He carries the Vēl (spear-like weapon). His parents are Shiva and Pārvati.
  • Dhanvantari is the god of doctors and Âyurveda. His Vāhanā is a lotus. He carries a Shankha (conch) and a Chakra (sharp disc).
  • Kuber is the God of Wealth. His parents are Vishravā and Ilavida. He carries a Gadā (Club). His Vāhanā is a Wild Boar and his consort is Bhadra, the Goddess of Hunting. They had two sons Nalakuvara and Manibhadra.
  • Yam is the God of Death and Dharma. His parents are Surya and Sandhya. He carries a Mace and his Vāhanā is a Buffalo. His Consort is Dhumorna.