Glimpse of India – Land of Gods
India is a land of multiple religions and diverse cultures. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhism, Jainism; I’m not doing justice by missing some religions here. About 80% of citizens follow Hinduism and most of them bow their heads before a God or Goddess. In our homes, we don’t have one or two but multiple idols installed. In cities, you can spot numerous temples (Hindu places of worship), Gurudwaras (Sikh temples), Churches, Mosques. Only in temples, you will find multiple idols and religious pictures, many depicting some ancient religious story.
How many Gods Hindus worship?
People around the world are curious to know the number of Gods Hindus worship. A misconception that there are 33 crore Gods and demigods in the Hindu religion has taken social media by storm. Misconception, because I couldn’t find authenticity in this number and searched for the real answer.
The religious books of Hindus, Atharva Veda, Yajur Veda and Satapatha-Brahmana mention that there are ‘Trayastrimsati Koti’ Hindu Gods and Goddesses. ‘Trayastrimsati’ in Sanskrit means thirty-three. Whereas ‘Koti’ has two meanings- one is ‘Crore’ and the other is ‘Supreme’. Wrong translation of the word ‘Koti’ led to this confusion. People around the world are astounded by the fact(?) that there are 33 crore Hindu Gods.
I’m relieved that I know the correct answer:)