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Here are the top ten articles for the Hinduism Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Ten Incarnations of Vishnu
Hindus worship Vishnu for a variety of traits, the most central of which is His choosing to periodically incarnate on earth to establish righteousness. Read more about each incarnation and the circumstances that called for Divine intervention.
2. Saraswati- Goddess of Arts and Learning
Visual representations of the Goddess Saraswati attempt to portray Her as the source of the divine wisdom that underlies all forms of arts and learning. Read more about the symbolism behind her visual portrait and why Hindus turn to her for blessings on their journey for knowledge.
3. An Overview of the Devi Mahatmya
The Devi Mahatmya is a prominent Hindu text that narrates the victories of different forms of Shakti, the divine feminine energy. Read more about these narratives and the significance of this text in a ritual context.
4. The Wedding of Shiva and Parvati
The divine union between Shiva and Parvati as husband and wife is captured in Hindu literature and art. This narrative synopsis details the circumstances that lead Parvati to draw Shiva away from his ascetic life and into marriage.
5. Synopsis of The Ramayana
The Ramayana is one of the most revered epics in Hinduism. Read this synopsis of the central events and the most important figures in the narrative.
6. The Origins of Ganesha's Elephant Head
Do you wonder how the elephant-headed deity Ganesha got his elephant head? In fact, many different narratives explain the origin of Ganesha's elephant head. Read the synopses of these different narratives in the Hindu tradition.
7. The Origin of the Universe
Many narratives exist in the Hinduism explaining the origin of the universe. Read one of the most well-known and illustrative narratives.
8. The Paradoxes of Shiva
Shiva takes on multiple representations and displays one of the most complex and dynamic personalities among all the deities in Hinduism. As a brief introduction to this deity, read more about His sometimes contradictory roles.
9. Bhajans- Hindu Devotional Songs
Bhajans are Hindu devotional songs. Read more about this musical practice and its importance in Hindu religious life.
10. Basic Terms in Hindu Ritual
Familiarize yourself with basic terms and concepts in Hindu ritual life. Read about why, where and how Hindu rituals take place and learn a few Sanskrit terms associated with ritual.
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