We humans are deeply curious beings. “Why does his happen?” “How does this work?”, we’re always boggled by a gazillion questions. One of these is, “Who created this world?”. Different people have different answers to this, while some believe in Jesus Christ, others in Allah, Brahma or Gaia. In fact, statistically speaking, eighty-five percent of the total world population worships some kind of God. Gods have the supernatural power to command nature. After all, “If He doesn’t, then who does?”, well another unanswerable question. People worship Gods and Goddesses to show their gratitude for creating this beautiful infinity, to attain peace of mind by surrendering all their earthly problems to Him and for countless other reasons. Some believe humans created the idea of gods in order to give them comfort in good times, courage in times of danger and consolation when things went wrong. Nonetheless, people invest a lot of time and money in this reverence. So, let’s see the different Gods that are worshipped across the world in this list of 15 Most worshipped deities.
Coatlicue is a multi-faced goddess of the Aztec mythology of Aztec civilization of Central Mexico. The creator and destroyer of world, the mother of gods and mortals, she is said to have given birth to the Moon and the stars. For her vast meanings and responsibilities, her appearance is complex. She has the face of a serpent and a necklace made of human hearts and skeletons. The worshippers of Coatlicue became fewer over the time.
Zeus is the god of sky, thunder, law and justice in ancient Greek religion. He is respected as an all father, the chief of gods. The ancient Greek followers today are called Hellenist and have started reviving since the 1990’s.
Athena was the Greek virgin goddess of intelligence, arts, wisdom and peace. The daughter of Zeus, Athena dis not have a mother and was born from her father’s forehead. Minerva is the Roman goddess identified with Athena. As she was portrayed as the protector of the city, ancient Greeks worshipped Athena as Athena Poilas, meaning, Athena of the city.
In Norse Mythology, Odin is a widely revered God. He is associated with death, healing, knowledge and poetry. He is a supreme God recorded from the periods of Viking Age. He only has one eye as he sacrificed the other to drink from a fountain of wisdom. Although Odin’s worshippers declined in the course of time, Norway has returned to worship their Gods like Odin.
The monkey God, Hanuman is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. He is the God of perseverance, strength and devotion. He is the incarnation of Lord Shiva and a devotee of Lord Rama. He is the son of Anjana, who was born due to a curse.
The eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is the God of love and power. He played a great role in Mahabharatha, the Hindu Epic and is known for his life teachings. While Krishna had 16,000 wives, his eternal love for Radha is an epitome of ageless, timeless and unconditional love.
The mother goddess, Durga represents a fiery powers of the gods in Hinduism. She is the personification of ‘Shakti’, energy and is usually portrayed as riding a lion. Durga is widely worshipped in Hinduism, Durga-puja (The worship of Durga) being the biggest 4-day festival in many parts of India and Nepal.
Vishnu, one of the most important deities of Hinduism, is the supreme god. He is also known as Narayana and Hari. He is depicted as a pale blue figure, holding lotus bud in one hand and mace in the other, a sudarshan chakra, the most powerful weapon in the upper right hand and a conch in the upper left.
Mahavira is a Jainism teacher who preached about ‘dharma’, righteous path. Jainism is practised by more than 4.5 million people around the word. Lord Mahavira is the twenty-fourth Tirthankara, an enlightened soul who is born as a human being and attains perfection through intense meditation. He lived a very simple life, even after being born in an overtly wealthy royal family. At the age of forty-two he attained omniscience, the capacity to know everything.
Ganesha is the easily recognisable Hindu deity with the head of an elephant and body of a human. The son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati, he is the lord of success, knowledge and wealth. In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is worshipped to start-off any occasion or holy ceremony. He is known to have written the Mahabharatha, a Hindu Epic.
Hinduism perceives the creation of world and its cosmic energy as the works of Lord Brahma. He has four faces, looking in the four direction and sometimes depicted as reading the four Vedas. While Brahma is often credited as the creator of world, he is described as being born from a lotus, emerging from the navel of another Hindu God, Vishnu.
Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama was a sage who became enlightened to the understanding of life in the deepest way possible. He never claimed himself to be God or prophet, infact he believed that no God cannot end all sufferings, because there is no such thing as God. Buddhism revolves around ethical conduct, inner purity and reliance upon one’s own experience as opposed to an external authority. But if Buddha was not a God then why do Buddhists worship him all the time? The Buddhism worshipping is paying homage to devotion to him. Interestingly, Buddha is considered to be Lord Vishnu’s ninth incarnation in Hinduism and is profoundly worshipped in the religion.
Shiva is one of the most worshipped Gods in Hinduism. He is the form of Brahma, the creator of world. He is regarded as Anant, which means infinite. The God of Yogis, destroyer of world, he holds the word ‘destruction’ in a positive sense, as destruction of ego, attachments and old habits. He is a great purifying power. Shiva is the most fascinated of all Hindu Gods for his unconventional attributes. He breaks all social customs and moral codes to deliver his state of freedom.
Allah is how Muslims refer to as ‘One God’. Muhammad, central figure of Islam is known as the Holy Prophet, messenger of God and the founder of the religion of Islam. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from God, this is when he started preaching about Allah, that ‘God is one’ and that complete surrender is the only way. Today there are more than 1.6 billion worshippers of Allah in the world.
01. Jesus Christ:
With 2.2 billion Christians, Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity is the most worshipped God in the world, today. Unlike any human, he lived in the heavens before he was born on earth. He is considered to be God’s first creation who then helped in creating everything else. His teachings are recorded in the Bible’s New Testament. He is believed to have died for the sins of human beings and rose from death.
Christianity and Islam are the most practised religions and both believe in ‘one god’, whereas Hinduism, the third most practised religion is polytheistic in nature. Many religions only follow the teachings of a spiritual leader and some were destroyed over the period of time. This leaves us with the above mentioned gods and goddesses as the most worshipped ones. So, did you worship one of these today?