In Hinduism, the assumption of God is commonly perceived as a polytheistic religion [believing in more than one god]. Certainly, most Hindus would confirm to this, by professing belief in multiple Gods.
However, cultured Hindus, who are well versed in their scriptures, insist on Hindus should believe in and worship only one God and believes on everything is God.
Does God Exist?
God is silent, Trust his existence. In Hinduism the concept of God is to be understood and experienced. Hindu PURANA elaborately speaks the voice of the glory of God. On the other hand the scriptures like UPANISHADS analyze the concept of God through questioning and analyzing.
Neither the heavenly glory reaches the human mind with the scriptures telling of the PURANA that are beyond the normal human reach.
At the same time they do not command a blind following of some super-human texts, but also very much permit analysis. The presence of a range of philosophies in Hindu system is the testimony of this.
There are texts like YOGASUTRAS which covers the scope of analysis to divine glory too. So the complete range of human verification to phenomenal insight is available for the smooth progress of Hinduism followers. Not to be blind-folded, to discover your way to Supreme the God!!
God is in Heaven Beyond?
God is not incredible who stays in a far off heaven, and would be met after death, or as if one gets the heaven etc. God is omnipresent [present everywhere at the same time]. Right in front of us and Oh, it is right inside us too. Does the God stay in a world beyond? Obviously he does there too. (A well-known GAYATRI mantra hails the Supreme to be on the earth, and the skies beyond).
The important concept in Hinduism is, the God can be realized exactly here in this world and the God is not a wonderful Almighty, but is a sweet and lovely One, with whom you can create a relationship like- Devotee, Spouse, Brotherhood, Child, Parent…! God is not in somewhere in heavens, he is within us. Those who realize his presence can reap the grand reward.
God is with Form or Formless?
Some people they think the God, are beyond of attributes of a Form, Color, Or Shapes…! That is, God do not have any specific form or name. In this context the God is referred to as NIRGUNA (Attribute less God).
However God may appear in the forms as perceived by devotees and this perceived form is called SAGUNA (God with Attributes). This form varies from cool to brutal or yogic. Each form has their individual significance.
For example when someone is depressed and assumes the strong form of God, the seeker observes the moral boost up with God will definitely be in support for the right thing. Similarly at any auspicious ceremony we would like the God to be in cool form who provides the blessings. While in religiously prominent state, we would happy with Yogic form of God.
These forms provide a source for the devotees to easily follow or otherwise perplexing the Supreme. So Hinduism supports the both Form as well as Formless worship of the God. However one worships in SAGUNA and others in NIRGUNA way, though the ultimate objective is the same God.
‘Samhara’ or ‘Lai ’ – (Destruction)
In this way the God can be defined or expressed.
‘Tirodhana’ or ‘Tirobhava’ (Veiling), and ‘Anugraha’ (Grace) are the other activities of God.
God dwells in your own heart, and silent witness of your mind. Human body is moving temple of God. The ‘Sanctum Sanctorum’ of God is your own heart. If you can’t find Him in yourself, you cannot find Him wherever else.
God is permanent, never-ending, eternal, indestructible, absolute and enduring. God is past, present and future. He is the Inner Ruler of this body and mind. He is supreme, omniscient and omnipresent.
The Purusha-Sukta proclaims that, this entire Universe is God as a Supreme personality – the Purusha with thousands of heads, thousands of eyes, thousands of limbs in His Cosmic Body. He contains the whole universe and goes beyond the range or limits it to infinity.
The Narayana-Sukta exclaims whatever or wherever, that’s visible or unseen, all these are pervaded by Narayana within and without.
The Prasna Upanishad describes the God is the Supreme Prajapati or Creator, in who is blended with both matter and energy of the Universe. God symbolizes the Pranava, or Omkara.
Generally, the tradition of worshiping Deities in India is according to the devotees associate with the consequence of the Deities. For example, devotees of a particular Deity, like Ganesa, Siva, Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi, will place their own Deity as their first importance and other Deity as a inferior.
There is another tradition in the order of worshiping like Ganesha as the first worshiper, on any occasion, and then Kuldevata, KulDevi, Vishnu, Shiva and like on.
The functions and festivals repeat themselves every year on specific days or dates. Thus, the orders in which the functions or the Deities are worshiped are follow their calendar-wise chronology.