how many gods are there

how many gods are there

I just happen to come upon this question while doing some research, but I thought I’d clear up the details concerning Hinduism.

The number 330,000,000 is not a real number and is a Hindu rhetorical amplification or exaggeration based on the fact that there are 33 Vedic gods and supposedly around 10,000,000 additional gods for every one of those we know.

The truth is, there are only about 40–50 Hindu gods that have ever been named. There are about another 300 names that are alternative names for those 40–50 core gods.

However, in modern times, there are only about 8–16 unique Hindu gods that are actually still worshiped by any denomination. The rest are regarded as culture heroes from India’s pre-Vedic, polytheistic past. Most of the 16 are different forms of the Supreme Mother Shakti, cutting that number in half.

how many gods are there
how many gods are there

how many gods are there

And of the 8 remaining gods, the vast majority of Hindus only worship the top 3, Vishnu, Shiva, and Shakti – making up the gods of 98% of all religious Hindus. Vishnu has the largest number of devotees at approximately 70%, followed by Shiva at 21%, and Shakti Devi at 6–7%.

Throughout recorded history, we can count anywhere from 8,000–12,000 gods who have been worshiped. But we can only count around 9 different types of gods (based on theological characteristics) that have been worshiped. Every modern god also fits into one of these types, and 5 of them are Hindu types.

No one is quite sure how many gods are still worshiped in modern times, but the list is likely no fewer than 24 major gods and maybe about 100 or so minor deities and spirits. It’s hard to pin downs since a lot of Asian cultures have a lot of minor divinities in their theologies.

There’s only ONE God.


“Qul huwa Allāhu aḥad”
“Say, “He is Allāh (God), Ahad (Who is the Only One, the Unique One of Absolute Oneness, i.e., single and indivisible).”
[Al-Qur’ān, sūrah Al-‘Ikhlāş (The Sincerity), Chapter 112, verse 1]


“kāmais tais tair hṛta-jñānāḥ, prapadyante ‘nya-devatāḥ, taḿ taḿ niyamam āsthāya, prakṛtyā niyatāḥ svayā”
“Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods (besides the True God) and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.”
[Bhagavad Gita 7:20]


“Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad.”
“Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.”
[The Bible, Mark 12:29, Deuteronomy 6:4]


“Ikk Ōankār sat(i)-nām(u) karatā purakh(u) nirabha’u niravair(u) akāl(a) mūrat(i) ajūnī saibhan gur(a) prasād(i).”
“God is One, Truth is his Name, He is the Creator, Fearless, without Enmity, the Immortal, Self-illumined.”
[Mūl Maṃtar, Volume 1, Japuji, Guru Granth Sahib]

It’s impossible to count them because many religions are polytheistic (worship many Gods).

For a just a start, according the the Pew Research Center there are more than a million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as Pagans. Each of these people probably worships more than one Deity, and in many cases not exactly the same set of Deities as anybody else.

Then there is the huge sub-continent of India, where the religion is Hinduism. Hindus say there are 33 million Gods.

Although Japan is now a largely secular nation, 3 or 4 million of its 127 million inhabitants still identify themselves as adherents of Shinto, a religion in which there are said to be eight million kami, or Gods.

There are all the religions of Africa, and the millions of people all over the New World who follow the “Afro-diasporic” religions—polytheistic traditions derived from West Africa, often with a superficial overlay of Roman Catholicism.

Native American and Pacific cultures each have their own religious traditions and sacred Powers.

That isn’t the whole story, but it gives you a general idea.

Do Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same god?

YES they do but NO they don’t!

It all depends on your perspective. The particular lens you use to look at this matter will determine what the answer to your question is. Please allow me to explain myself better.

Are you familiar with the concept of heresy? Whenever a religion branches out to a radical interpretation/development, the orthodoxy labels it as heresy. The heretics themselves don’t find their views to be heresy. So if you ask the “heretics” if they worshiped the same God, they’d say yes. However, if you ask the orthodoxy, they will try to protect their religion and disassociate the “heretics” from it and say “No! Our God is not their God”.

Islam branched out of Christianity and Christianity branched out of Judaism. From Judaism to Islam, the steps are very radical. They are not about slight differences in interpretation and understanding of the orthodoxy (Judaism in this case). They are in fact so radical that you cannot feel justified in saying that they merely “branched out”. Please have a look at the following image:

how many gods are there

how many gods are there

From the Jewish perspective, the next two mutations of their faith are total heresy. The Christians require Judaism and claims that their God is that same God of the Jews. As such, they approve of their mutation from Judaism to Christianity but don’t approve of the next mutation which leads to Islam. Islam justifies it’s existence by borrowing from both Judaism and Christianity and therefore claims that their God is the same as the God of the Jews and Christians.

So while it’s true that they are all Abrahamic faiths and essentially are geared towards worshipping the God of Abraham, it is also true that they may not approve of each other’s theology to the point where they don’t want any association between the identities of their Gods. If the question is if they worship the God of Abraham, the answer is a solid YES. However, qualitatively they do not have the same God. They all simply point to that same God of Abraham as their historical root.

How many gods claim to be the creator of the universe?

You mean, “How many religions claim their gods created the universe?”

Almost all of them, I think. Not Buddhism, apparently, and several others.

The gods themselves have been deafeningly silent on this matter recently.

Thomas Daniel Nehrer, your response is a bit disingenuous. The question was pretty straightforward and to the point. Are there modern day worshipers of the ancient Greek gods? I’m pretty sure the question wasn’t in reference to cultural traditions with no real significance.

Based on your reasoning, anyone who goes to an Easter egg hunt is worshiping Ostara and anyone who decorates a Christmas tree is worshiping the Germanic gods.

Worship is an active event. Being selfish doesn’t mean one worships Satan any more than saying “bless you” when someone sneezes makes you a Christian.

The 33 Million Gods of Hinduism | HuffPost

In answer to the question, yes, there are groups of individuals, mainly in Greece, who worship the ancient Greek gods. They do so mainly alone or in an unorganized setting, so there really aren’t temples or other things like we see in organized religions. There is an article on this you may find interesting at:

Yes, although the essence of their worship is not the same as what it was for the Ancients. Here is a link to a FAQ on the site of an umbrella organisation that they have in Greece.

Yes, it’s known as Hellenism, among other names. It is one of many religions that focus on reconstructing the old traditions and worships of old cultures, this one obviously the Greek.

You’ll find followers out there of nearly every old culture that there are records for, and particularly the pantheon attached, no matter how scarce.

There’s only ONE God.

“Qul huwa Allāhu aḥad”
“Say, “He is Allāh (God), Ahad (Who is the Only One, the Unique One of Absolute Oneness, i.e., single and indivisible).”
[Al-Qur’ān, sūrah Al-‘Ikhlāş (The Sincerity), Chapter 112, verse 1]

“kāmais tais tair hṛta-jñānāḥ, prapadyante ‘nya-devatāḥ, taḿ taḿ niyamam āsthāya, prakṛtyā niyatāḥ svayā”
“Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods (besides the True God) and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.”
[Bhagavad Gita 7:20]

“Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad.”
“Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.”
[The Bible, Mark 12:29, Deuteronomy 6:4]

“Ikk Ōankār sat(i)-nām(u) karatā purakh(u) nirabha’u niravair(u) akāl(a) mūrat(i) ajūnī saibhan gur(a) prasād(i).”
“God is One, Truth is his Name, He is the Creator, Fearless, without Enmity, the Immortal, Self-illumined.”
[Mūl Maṃtar, Volume 1, Japuji, Guru Granth Sahib]

how many gods are there

Do people still worship the Greek gods?

Are there any places or towns still worshipping the Roman or Greek gods?

I was interested to see if it has survived at all or Christianity exterminated it. Are there any active temples or anyone who believes in the gods?

Yes, there are still people who worship the classic gods and goddesses. I did some research several years back on the modern worship of Athena and found a group online which appears to be serious.

Faith in You and Your Children

The modern worship of ancient Roman and Greek deities is called “Neopaganism”.

Italo-Roman neopaganism

‘Our Gods and Goddesses Are Closer to Us’

Also, those ancient religions never really went away, and most Judeo Christian Islamists are actually continuing a number of practices, including the recycling of many of the images and stories in both Bibles.

Detail of the Christian God from the Sistine Chapel in Rome

Drawing of Zeus

Proof #28 – Notice how many gods you reject – God is …

When Christianity became the official Roman religion, it simply converted many of the old religions’ holidays to become Christian. The birth of Christ probably happened around June based on biblical descriptions, but the popular winter festival of Saturnalia ran from December 17 – 23. Since there was no consensus on the actual birth date for Jesus, the early church co-opted Saturnalia. Many Christmas traditions, the Yule log, mistletoe, gift-giving, etc… were all pagan traditions.

The death, resurrection, and deification of a human is an old story from many of the ancient religions. Often, rulers created a cult following with the claim that they would become gods after their death.

And, some things still remain firmly in the realm of the old religions. Our system of stellar constellations uses Roman and Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and stories to map out the stars. Christianity tried to create new ones in the early days but failed to get anyone to adopt them. So, if you’re into astrology, you’re essentially referencing the ancient religions.

What is Stephen Frys IQ

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *