Glimpse of India – Land of Gods

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 โ€˜Trayastrimsati Kotiโ€™ Hindu Gods and Goddesses. โ€˜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:)

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Deboshree says:

    Very interesting post, yet again. Thanks to you, I’m going to remember the answer to that question too ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. aditi says:

      I was curious to know the exact number ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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      1. Thanks for enlightening us ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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      2. Was waiting for your post since morning and the wait was worth. Great and correct information.now if I see anyone ridicule for number of gods worshipped I can answer them back. Thanks to you.

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        1. aditi says:

          Thanks for reading Ujjwal ๐Ÿ™Œ

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  2. shravmusings says:

    Glad to note that you have deciphered the correct number for us.

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    1. aditi says:

      Happy to spread awareness ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. Pr@Gun says:

    Yes have been listening to this 33 crores from my childhood, from granny and always use to wonder can I ever list them down or they are just random numbers. India is incredible in every way and religion is on top.

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    1. aditi says:

      When the meaning of ‘Koti’ gets misinterpreted on large scale, things get out of proportion ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Ahh is it? Thanks for this information, Aditi. I was living under the same impression of 33 crores Gods and Goddesses ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks for visiting โค๏ธ

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  5. Awesome post, specially when hate politics seem to be the flavor of election season.

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  6. vidhya29 says:

    An interesting post again! loved reading it

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    1. aditi says:

      Glad you liked it:)

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  7. Kalpana Solsi says:

    I dont know the excat numbers of Gods and GODDESSES. Every village in INDIA has its own Gods. There are diiferent avatars / reincarnations of each GODS. So it is diificult to count and prepare a list. Maybe 33 koti refers to many or innumerable.

    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2019/04/gumsgingiva-parts-of-body.html

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    1. aditi says:

      May be, I just wrote what looked relevant to me. Thanks for reading:)

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  8. I will remember! Thanks for this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Rashi Roy says:

    Oh! Glad you said it ๐Ÿ˜ Now we all know the correct number!

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    1. aditi says:

      Yes we do๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  10. randommusings29 says:

    It’s interesting how one mistranslated word can cause such big confusion
    Debbie

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    1. aditi says:

      Yes it is ๐Ÿ˜ thanks for visiting:)

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  11. Let us take your own definition of Koti as supreme. How do you still explain the traymtrimshat Koti as 33 supreme? I don’t understand the correct answer. Can you elaborate please?
    As far as my understanding goes, Veda never speaks about “gods”. It speaks about devas who are like limbs of ONE God. The 33crore comes from the logic of 3+3+3+3+…… Where Koti means infinite (Ananta Vachi as is called in Sanskrit). So the aspect of creation in its three states (birth, sustenance and death) applied multitudenous times for whole cosmos makes it that number. To the west,y answer is ” we discovered as my functions of one God as possible to comprehend by human consciousness and thus we worship each function personified”.

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    1. aditi says:

      The problem with English language is that they title devtas as Gods. All I can say is that your version is more enlightening.

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      1. I know! Some one had commented the same in one of my recent articles. A language develops based on the spirit of intuition of a civilization. Sanskrit or Pali developed when civilizations were drenching in wisdom of self-awareness and universal-awareness and hence the complexity as well as the ease of development. English is relatively new and is developed for mere communication of superficial ideas. Hence it is efficient to reach most people, yet inefficient for those who want to express an idea close to realization.

        ANyways, I wanted to see if I understood your statement wrong or you meant something else. Thanks for the clarification. !

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