Understanding the assorted divinities or gods and goddesses of the vedic or hindu pantheon is not so difficult when it is presented simply and effectively. And that is what you will find in this book. This will open you to many of the possibilities and potentials of the Vedic tradition, and show how it has been able to cater and fulfill the spiritual needs and development of so many people since time immemorial. This book explains the nature of the vedic divinities, their purposes and powers, and the way they influence and affect the natural energies of the universe. It also shows how they can assist us and that blessings from them can help our own spiritual and material development and potentialities, depending on what we need. The divinities include Lord Krishna, Vishnu, their main avatars and expansions, along with Brahma, Shiva, Ganesh, Murugan, Surya, Hanuman, as well as the goddesses including Radha, Durga, saraswati, Lakshmi. We find explanation of their names, attributes, dress, weapons, instrument, the meaning of the Shiva lingam, and some of the legends and stories connected with them.
Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and Eastern teachings for over 40years. He has traveled extensively throughout India, taking over 15,000 photos of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over a dozen well - received books on India, Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He continues to write books , articles and give lectures and presenations at various venues