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KALI is the Hindu mother goddess, symbol of dissolution and destruction. She destroys ignorance, maintains the world order, and blesses and frees those who strive for the knowledge of God. In the Vedas the name is associated with Agni, the god of fire, who had seven flickering tongues of flame, of which Kali was the black, horrible tongue. This meaning of the word has meanwhile been replaced by the goddess Kali, the grim consort of Shiva. (x)

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HINDU GODS CHART There are four main sects within Hinduism: 1. Shaivism (in which Shiva is worshipped as the main god); 2. Vaishnavism (in which Vishnu worshipped as the main god); 3. Shaktism (in which the female aspects of god are primarily worshipped); and 4. Smartism (in which six main gods are worshipped: Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, Ganesh, Murugan and Surya).

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'Durga statue' photographed by Celina Mahek. "Durga - Invincible, destroyer of all evil and diseases - she is the embodiment of ‘Shakti’, a culmination of the powers vested in the Hindu Gods." via celinamahek on trek earth

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Benzaiten (弁才天, 弁財天) is the Japanese name for the Hindu goddess Saraswati. She is the goddess of everything that flows: water, words, speech, eloquence, music and by extension knowledge.

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gasshofriend:.. Kali, the Hindu Goddess, with a garland of heads and a belt of hands She cleaves us of our appendages to break the tools that make karma, she takes our heads to rid us of our ego Take refuge in Ma Kali, and she will guide and protect you.

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Sarasvati/Saraswati the goddess of Knowledge. She is the consort to the god Brahma. She is the Mother of the Vedas. In this picture she is holding a musical instrument. As well as sitting on top of a swan, who is sitting on top of a lotus flower.

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