offer prayers to Supreme Divine Reality in various forms and also
upa-Devathas. They do recognize that the Supreme is behind and
beyond all those images and icons they pray. It is the main cause
of this entire universe and all the life and non-life forms that
exists. He is the creator, protector, preserver and dissolver.
He has all the attributes that are beyond our perception. While
all Hindus accept the teachings that Divine is ONE and One only,
they also have been taught that the Supreme God makes manifestations
and they are worshipped in several forms. Even while offering
prayers to various manifestations of the Supreme and many sub-ordinate
Deities as icons and images and also to their Gurus, every Hindu
always understands that these are the path to reach that One and
only Supreme Paramathma who is behind all of these forms
Western Faiths say that there is only One God who is formless,
has no shape and lives in a distant heaven. But, they also say
that God created man in His own image. Well, Hindus accept that
God created Man and so they see the Divine in the forms of men
and they make a form for God in a Masculine form of images as
a Father. The Supreme God also created woman and so forms of woman
as Divine mother is worshipped. Similarly, we see God as a Child
too. So also, God created Animals and Plants and Hindus use images
in the forms of several animals and plants for worship. So, worship
of these multiple manifestations in every life form becomes important.
these various forms of "Gods" that Hindus worship, one
often hears the comment that Hindus have 330 Million Gods [33
Crores in Indian Languages]. This is far from the truth, fit for
an illiterate mind only. Our purãnas and Vedas say that
there are only "33 devas" or Upa-Devathas or Vedic 'Gods'
(8 Vasu, 11 Rudra, 12 Aditya and 2 A?vins)." We also see
the power of Supreme Divinity in every form that He created such
as the Sun, Moon and Stars and also various all the natural forces,
like air, water, earth and fire that He created in the universe.
These are also worshipped as upa-Dèvathas. These are angels
and other Divine beings who serve the universe as the natural
the Supreme God created all the parts of the universe as part
of His Divine play, he established the fourteen Lokas or planes
of worlds for individual athma to reside and perform their Divine
Karmas to establish His rules of Dharma. Various life forms were
created in our earth and among them Human creations are unique
with superior intelligence along with the knowledge of Dharma
and also free will to perform their Karma and related activities.
The individual Ãthma, as Jiva, is born in the world in
Human body as a part of the Paramãthma. They perform all
the assigned Karmas with their free-will and after that move to
one of the Lokas according to their Karmas.