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Why do your Gods have lots of extra body parts?

Four armed form of Lord Vishnu in the causal ocean. From his body the various universes are created.

Hindus believe God is limitless so there is no end to his power, creation or particular form that he would take.

Many images of Hindu Gods show them with many arms. The many arms represent the different strengths and powers each god has. The Item that they hold in their arms represents the focus of their meditation.

Lord Brahma has 4 heads. He is the creator and his four heads represent the 4 directions: north, south, east and west.

Who is the founder of Hinduism? Who is the founder of your type of Hinduism?

Hinduism has no single founder. Also refer to Q&A from previous schools.

ISKCON or Hare Krishnas follow the teachings of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Gaudya Vaishnavas believe that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is a direct avatar of Krishna/Vishnu. He came to this world to revive the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, spread the message of bhakti yoga (loving devotional service to God) and establish the sankirtan movement (singing and chanting the names of God).

How many Gods are there altogether?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas and many other Hindus believe that there is only one God, and that God chooses to have many helper gods . The scriptures say that there are 33 million helper gods or demigods.

Have cows always been sacred to you?

Krishna with the cows and his cow herder friends

Yes cows have always been sacred to us. Lord Krishna was a cow herder as a young boy and cows are very dear to Him. Without ghee (clarified butter made from cows milk) fire yajna/sacrifice cannot be performed. The cow is also referred to as our mother because she gives us milk.

How many Hare Krishna temples are there and where are they?

In our specific branch (ISKCON) there are about 600 worldwide and 11 in the UK.  For a full list of temples visit: http://centers.iskcondesiretree.com/

Why do you wear Bindi?

Young lady wearing a red bindi with other decorative bindis

Most married women would wear a red (or similar colour) bindi. Red bindis are also worn by both men and women after they have performed a puja/ritual prayer, for protection. Sometimes young children would wear a black bindi for protection. Colourful bindis are worn as a form of decoration.

Are the male Gods more important than the female Gods?

We would not say that one would be more important than the other. Both male and female Gods are equally revered and important by the worshiper.

What are the names of your traditional clothing?

The women would wear a sari and the men a dhoti accompanied by a turban. Both men and women would wear a chuddar or shawl.