We have a number of deities represented in the Temple. Here you will find a list and a short description of all of them.
Shri Ganesha, son of Bhagavan Shiva and Mata Parvati is one of the most beloved deities in Hinduism. He is known by many attributes but his elephant head makes him easily recognisable. He is revered as the remover of obstacles, patron god of arts, science, intellect and wisdom. He is the god of beginnings and is revered at the start of any ceremony. His main festival is Ganesh Pooja.
Mata Durga is one of the avatars of Shakti, the main Goddess of the Hindu pantheon, wife and female counterpart of Bhagavan Shiva. Mata Durga is a warrior Goddess, a fierce mother who will protect the world from evil. She is usually depicted riding a lion, and has eight hands, each holding a weapon to destroy evil. Her main festival is Navaratri.
Bhagavan Vishnu – also called Narayan – is one of the Hindu Trinity, along with Brahma and Shiva. Vishnu is the Preserver, the god who protects and preserves all Creation. He is easily recognisable by his unique weapon, the Sudarshan Chakra, the throwing circle he holds in his right hand. His festivals are Ram Navmi and Krishna Janamastami but he is celebrated at nearly all main Hindu festivals. Devi Lakshmi is his wife, and the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Her main festival is Lakshmi Pooja and Mahalakshmi Vratam.
Shri Ram Darbar
This group of murtis show Shri Ram and his family: his brother Lakshman on his right, his wife Sita on his left, and his greatest devotee, Hanuman Ji kneeling at their feet. Shri Ram is an avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu; he is the human king who has defeated the demon Ravana and brought justice back to the world. His story is recorded in the epic of Ramayana. His main festival is Ram Navmi and Diwali.
Shri Krishna is another of Bhagavan Vishnu’s avatars, who stands for compassion, tenderness and love, despite him being a warrior king who defeated numerous demons and has helped the Pandava, the protagonists of Mahabharat to win their war against the Kaurava. He is easily recognisable by his flute. As a child he is often depicted stealing or eating butter. His stories and teaching are recorded in Bhagavat Puran, Vishnu Puran, Harivamsa, Mahabharata, and the Gita Govinda. Radha is his consort, who is considered to be an avatar of Lakshmi. Krishna’s main festival is Krishna Janamastami.
Balaji, also known as Shri Venkateshvara is another avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu. According to legend, Vishnu had a fight with his wife Devi Lakshmi. The Goddess left him and moved to Earth. Vishnu in the guise of a forest gatherer started to look for her and when he found her in the form of Princess Padmavati, he asked to marry her. He had to take a huge loan from Shri Kuber – the god of wealth – to pay the dowry and he cannot return home until he has paid it all off. This is why thousands of devotees donate wealth at Balaji’s main tample in Tirupati: to help Vishnu repay his debt.
Shanidev Ji is the god of karma and justice and the planet Saturn. He is easily recognisable by his black appearance and his mount, a crow or ox. Saturday (Shanivar in Hindi) is attributed to him when devotees leave mustard oil and urad dal as an offering for him.
Hanuman Ji is an avatar of Bhagavan Shiva and the greatest devotee and helper of Shri Ram. He is the god of Bhakti, self-restraint, martial arts and meditation. His main festival is Hanuman Jayanti.
Shirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba is regarded by his devotees as an incarnation of Bhagavan Shiva or Dattatreya; a spiritual guru, a saint and a fakir. He was born in the 19th century and died in 15 October 1918 in Shirdi. He taught love and acceptance without any regard for someone’s religion.
Vishwakarma Ji is the divine creator, architect and engineer of the Universe. He is revered as the god of craftsmen, engineers and weavers and other professional workers. He is easily recognisable by the scales and account-books held in his hands. His main festivals are Vishwakarma Jayanti and Vishwakarma Pooja.
Shiv-Parvati and Shiva Lingam
Bhagavan Shiva is a part of the Hindu Trinity, along with Vishnu and Brahma. He is the Destroyer, the one who will end the world after Kali Yuga and make way for a new creation to begin. He is also the destroyer of ego and ignorance. Bhagavan Shiva can be easily recognised by the crescent moon on his head, his three eyes, and the snake around his neck. His main festival is Maha Shivratri.
Mata Parvati is Bhagavan Shiva’s wife, and one of the nine avatars of Shakti – along with Mata Durga. She is the goddess of love, fertility and devotion. Her main festival is Navaratri. The Shivalingam is a common representation of Shiva and Parvati; the lingam symbolises Shiva while the yoni is the symbol of Parvati. Devotees pour clean water and milk on the lingam to show their affection to the divine couple.
Baba Balak Nath Ji
The most popular story about the birth of Baba Balak Nath Ji as ‘sidh-purush’ is associated with the Amar Katha of Lord Shiva. Connection with Bhagavan Shiva in Dwapara Yuga: it is believed about Baba Balak Nath that he takes birth in every age (yug). He appeared as “Skanda” in Satya Yuga, as “Kaul” in Treta and as “Mahakaul” in Dwapara.