Hinduism - Dieties
Hinduism is different from other religions because there are many dieties. The dieties all stand for something different.
Lord Ganesha is a dietie that is human exept he has a elephant head. He is the master of wisdom and intellect. He is also the lord of good fortune.
Lord Shiva has five jobs. They are: 1. Creator, 2. Preserver, 3. Destroyer, 4. Hiding The Sins, and most importantly, 5. Blessing. Lord Shiva is also the Destroyer, although that is viewed as a positive thing, because he is the destroyer of evil.
Brahma is said to be the son of the Supreme Being. Brahma created 17 sons, all from is mind, or mind-sons. 10 were to be fathers of the human race and the other seven were to help him create the universe.
Lord Vishnu is the Preserver. Most Hindus believe that Vishnu incarnates periodically for the protection of righteouness, for good dharma, and the destruction of evil adharma.
Durga is a form of the Supreme Goddess, Devi. She is a goddess warrior that was created by the gods to fight the demon Mahisasura, who defeated all of the gods exept for the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). Since the demon could only be killed by a woman, the gods sent down a dazzling beam of energy which created Durga. Durga's body was made out of the moon, earth, wind, fire, Shiva, Brahma, and Indra. She then defeated the demon.
Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, wisdom, light and fortune. She is also the goddess of fertility, luck and beauty. Fertility, luck and beauty are secondary to wealth, wisdom light and fortune. She is married to Vishnu. She is also the mother of the universe.