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a Amar Chitra Katha

01.
Ganesh

Ganesh

Ganesha or Ganesh, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. He's the son of Shiva and Parvati. Although Ganesha has many attributes, he is readily identified by his elephant head. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies.

02.
Karttikeya

Karttikeya

Kartikeya, also known as Skanda, Kumara, Murugan and Subrahmanya, is the Hindu god of war. He is the son of Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha, and a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism. An important deity in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times, Kartikeya is particularly popular and predominantly worshipped in South India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as Murugan.

03.
Garuda

Garuda

Garuda is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faith. He is variously the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu.

04.
Rama

Rama

Rama also known as Ramachandra is a major deity of Hinduism. He is the seventh avatar of Vishnu, one of his most popular incarnations along with Krishna, Parshurama, and Gautama Buddha. He is the central figure of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, a text historically popular in the South Asian and Southeast Asian cultures.

05.
Surya

Surya

Surya is a Sanskrit word that means the Sun and also connotes the solar deity in Hinduism. Surya's iconography is often depicted riding a chariot harnessed by horses, often seven in number which represent the seven colours of visible light, and seven days in a week.