Hindu art reflects this plurality of beliefs, and Hindu temples, in which architecture and sculpture are inextricably connected, are usually devoted to different deities.Deities commonly worshiped include Shiva the Destroyer; Vishnu in his incarnations as Rama and Krishna; Ganesha, the elephant god of prosperity; and different forms of the goddess Shakti (literally meaning “power”), the primordial feminine creative principle.Salvation To become liberated from cycles of rebirth and merge with the Universal Spirit, Brahman, one must worship God or gods, do good works, and live correctly according to the dharma (based on one’s caste and phase of life), go on pilgrimages to the holy places in India, and learn through meditation, yoga, and, with the help of a master, the truth of one's true nature as one with the Universal Spirit.An ascetic lifestyle is recommended in the last phase of life. Many Hindus believe in Brahman (God) as the impersonal ultimate reality/world soul.
Dating back to the Iron Age , it is often called the oldest living religion in the world.
Some Hindus believe salvation is granted by the grace of a forgiving God.
Undeserved Suffering Many believe that suffering is a result of past-life greed, hatred, and spiritual ignorance, which returns as suffering (karma).
Hinduism has no single founder and is a conglomeration of diverse traditions and philosophies rather than a rigid set of beliefs.
Most Hindus believe in a single supreme God who appears in many different manifestations as (celestial beings or deities), and they may worship specific devas as individual facets of the same God.