Hindu art includes a wide range of images, especially of important deities. The following table explains four important Hindu deities and their iconography.
||Representation in Art
||Personifies both creation and destruction; embodies all of existence; has over one thousand names; is often represented as Lord of the Dance
||Often depicted as a phallus or pillar; if shown as human, can feature multiple limbs, matted hair, and a crescent moon above the head. Sometimes shown with a third eye and a trident; wears a serpent as a scarf. As Lord of the Dance, is shown surrounded by a ring of fire
||Preserver of order and balance in the universe; takes the form of Krishna, a divine lover who battles the demon Kansa
||Often depicted with blue skin; shown riding Garuda, a large bird. Wears a tall crown and jewelry; takes many different animal forms including a boar and a tortoise. Can also take the form of Krishna or Buddha.
||Multiform female goddess worshipped as Parvati (wife of Shiva), Lakshmi (wife of Vishnu), and Radha, lover of Krishna. She also personifies anger as Durga.
||Takes numerous forms, each with a different identity. As Durga, she rides a lion.
||Son of Devi (as Durga); worshipped as the Remover of Obstacles.
||Shown with an elephant head.