On the consideration for a deity image

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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:29 am

The significance / origin of three important deity images (differently as Ganesha, Siva and Visnu), in spite of Brahman (God) in Hinduism as one ( http://www.geocities.ws/lamberdar/brahman.html ) seems as the following.

Ganesha ("The origin of the elephant image for Ganesha") --- http://www.geocities.ws/lamberdar/ganesha.html

As for Siva, that name as a separate deity, seems tobe post -Vedic, even though the word siva (meaning auspicious) occurs in several places in the Rig Veda. Siva linga (meaning auspicious-symbol), probably to symbolize the real yajna fire (dedicated to Vedic deity Agni), could have led to Siva becoming a separate deity. Siva thus has the important attributes of (Vedic) Agni, as both creator as well as destroyer. The name Visnu on the other hand finds mention in the Rig Veda, where Visnu is indicated as also closely associated with Indra and Savitar (Surya). Perhaps the Catur-bhuja (four-armed) form of Visnu is a pictorial depiction of his association with Indra and Surya, gada (mace) and sankha (conchshell) signifying Indra and padam (lotus) and sudershan-chakra (disc) signifying Surya. ... "Saivite And Vaisnava Interpretations Of Brahman": http://creative.sulekha.com/saivite-and-vaisnava-interpretations-of-brahman_497382_blog
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