Why Hindu Gods Have Multiple Arms: Background information when reading Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

by Deepa Anappara

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Why Hindu Gods Have Multiple Arms

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While investigating a series of missing children taken from an unnamed Indian slum, Jai and his friends Pari and Faiz, the central protagonists in Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, come across many pictures and iconography depicting Hindu gods. Here are some brief insights into the mythology surrounding a handful of these deities.

Painting of Vishnu with four arms and avatarsVishnu is one of the Hindu triumvirate alongside Brahma and Shiva. Known as the Trimūrti, these three gods are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. Vishnu is the protector of the universe and is said to restore the balance between good and evil. In Vaishnaism, the largest Hindu sect, he is considered to be the greatest god. Vishnu is commonly depicted in religious icons in human form with blue skin. In his four arms he holds a conch, a discus, a lotus flower and a mace. These objects represent many things to Hindus. For example, the conch may represent the primeval sound of creation "om"; the discus may represent the mind...

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