What Are the Names of the Main Hindu Gods?

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The three members of the Hindu Trinity are Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Ganapati (Ganesha) is the son of Shiva, while Vishnu has two avatars (or divine descendants) named Rama and Krishna.

Rama and Krishna are highly celebrated in the Hindu tradition. Rama is a hero presented as the ideal man in the Ramayana, while Krishna is the teacher of another sacred Hindu book, the Bhagavad Gita.

Some of the main female Hindu deities include Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning, who presides over wisdom, speech and music, while Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune and wealth, as well as the consort of Vishnu.