15 Similar Hindu and Greek Gods. Myth of Coincidence?

Each boast the ancient civilizations with deep, wealthy mythologies. Like several mythologies around the world, Hindu and Hellenic mythologies too share some fascinating similarities. Here are our prime picks:  

1. The Holy Trinity & The Greek Trinity

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Hinduism has its three Supreme Gods – Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the Destroyer. Likewise, the supreme gods of Greek mythology are also three – Zeus (The Lord of the Skies), Poseidon (The Lord of the Seas) and Hades (The Lord of the Underworld).  The presence of a form of a Holy Trinity is often found in each of those mythologies. 

 2. Devas Vs Asuras & Celtic Vs Fomorians 

In Hindu mythology, the constant fight is between sensible and evil – the great portrayed by the devas (the gods) and also the evil portrayed by the asuras (the demons). The asuras are the chief tormentors of the devas. Similarly, Greek mythology is all concerning the Celtic gods of life and lightweight, who wage a relentless struggle against the Fomorians, ancient gods of death and darkness. 

 3. Rishi Kashyap & Chronus

An interesting reality is that in each these mythologies, both sensible and evil are fathered by an identical person. In Hinduism, the Devas and therefore the Asuras are each speculated to have been fathered by Rishi Kashyap. Within the same manner, the Olympian Gods and therefore the Titans were each fathered by Chronus.

 4. Mahakal  &  Chronus 

Mahakal or Mahakaleshwar, a reputation for Shiva, is alleged to rule time and space in Hindu mythology, conjointly referred to as God of Destruction. Chronus, the Greek god of many things, is additionally the god of destruction.  

5. The Sapta Rishis & Pleiades, The Seven Sisters 

According to the epic Mahabharata, the stars of the massive Dipper were the seven sages or rishis. These seven sages are aforesaid to be those that created the Sunrise and shine. They were merrily married to seven sisters, named Krittika. In Greek mythology, these seven sisters are referred to as the Pleiades. in step with the traditional Greeks, the Pleiades were seven sisters, the latter condemned by Zeus to support the Heavens on his shoulders.  

6. Indra & Zeus

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Both Indra and Zeus are the “kings” of the gods. Additionally, their weapons are thunderbolts (in Indra’s case, referred to as the Vajra). Each of them kills a sea-monster: Indra’s opponent is the serpent Vritra; Zeus fights and vanquishes Typhon. Not solely each of them is King of Gods in their respective mythologies, however, even their weapon is nearly identical.  

7. Yama & Hades  

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Both lords of death, they command over the infernal region. They conjointly share alternative characteristics each decide Fates of the souls that pass into their realm, and each is deeply involved with justice. Hades and Yama are two terribly similar characters. Each of them is the lords of the underground. But apparently, each of them isn’t evil. They merely assign an individual a place in Hell or Heaven, supported their virtues and vices.  

8. Kamadeva & Cupid

The gods of affection and need, each Kamadeva (also referred to as Manmatha) and Cupid shoot arrows into the hearts of unsuspecting individuals to form them fall in love. They symbolize love in all around the world.

9. Narada & Hermes

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Both of them act as messengers and each of them is sons of two most powerful Gods in their own various mythologies. They share loads of comparable characteristics traits furthermore. At times, each of them is shrewd and crafty. Each of them is usually better-known to trick and mislead folks with their words.  

10. Krishna & Heracles

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Both heroes of their various mythologies, avatar, and mythical being. Both has strength, mind, glory & charm. Were each killed by arrows piercing their heel. This way the body leave their sole which is the vulnerable a part of their body.

11. Mount Kailash and Mount Olympus

Each are real mountains that exist today; each is deeply important in their various mythologies. Kailash, the home of Shiva, is delineate united of the pillars of the globe. Similarly, Mount Olympus is the setting of the many Greek myths and therefore the home of the twelve Olympian gods.  

12. Arjuna & Achilles

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Before the Kurukshetra War, Arjuna is reluctant to fight. Before the Trojan War, Achilles is reluctant to fight. Both, however, are extraordinarily practiced warriors and heroes and do ultimately participate in the war. throughout these wars, each loses men who they deeply idolized. Following his son Abhimanyu’s death, Arjuna pledges to kill Jayadratha. Following his comrade Patroclus’s death, mythical being pledges to kill Hector.  

13. Vishwakarma & Hephaestus

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Vishwakarma is that the Hindu god of skill, and so rules tools and producing, he is also known as God of Workshop. The Greeks aren’t way behind. Hephaestus is their God of style and manufacture. In each culture, the gods are shown carrying weapons.  

14. Lakshmi & Hera

Hindus have a goddess of wealth and prosperity, and she is Maa Lakshmi. In India many occasions are celebrated in the name of Goddess Lakshmi. Hera is the Greek goddess of wealth and prosperity. People pray for being wealthy & believe in her. 

15. Saraswati & Athena

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The Hindus have an avid goddess of learning, which is Maa Saraswati. She is the one who is considered as a blessing all cultural and inventive fields. Similarly, the Greeks have a goddess of knowledge, who is Athena. She is seen as the one presiding over all art forms. 

Greek and Indian Mythology are two of the oldest mythologies legendary to man. Though each of those mythologies hasn’t any established reference to one another, yet they share some hanging similarities. These similarities prove that mortals everywhere in the globe are primarily the same.

Written By: Kuber Sharma

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6 thoughts on “15 Similar Hindu and Greek Gods. Myth of Coincidence?

  1. I’m really sorry, but this article is poorly researched and bound to misinform many readers who aren’t well-versed in mythology, folklore, and anthropology.

    1. Hindu and Greek mythologies aren’t the oldest mythologies known to humanity. Myths have existed as long as human beings were able to share stories and sing songs, both of which have existed long before Hinduism and Greek civilizations were even conceived. Greek and Hindu mythologies were slowly sculpted, refined, and changed over the ages by many generations of people. They were built upon far older myths, like all complex mythologies are; for instance, Hinduism as most people know it evolved out of the similar but very different Vedic religion. With this in mind, I’d say that the oldest myths were probably from an obscure African people in prehistoric times.

    2. What you say about Yama and Hades is a gross exaggeration, and may be based on one variation out of many. Yama was a judge, yes, but usually it wasn’t a clear-cut Heaven or Hell scenario. In fact, some of the oldest Vedic religions taught that Yama gave every soul, regardless of morals, a decent place to live in. I know less about Greek myths, so perhaps Hades was a judge too, but I do know that the concept of Heaven and Hell are much newer additions to Greek mythology.

    3. Trinities aren’t unique to Greek or Hindu religions, and in this case a comparison between the Hindu trimurti and the Greek “trinity” is really ignorant. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are nothing like Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Brahma created the world, none of the Olympians have. Vishnu preserves the world and the dharma, none of the Olympians really do that. Shiva destroys and remakes the world, Hades basically offers you one final death.

    4. The most embarrassing thing about this article is that you seem to be ignorant of the anthropological history of both mythologies. Are you aware of the Indo-European people? It’s widely known by serious researchers that many mythologies from Asia to Europe and in-between share a lot in common partially because of a shared ancestry and partially because of mingling between people of different cultures.

    1. Okay Joe, let me clear few of your doubts.

      1. Hindu and Greek mythologies aren’t the oldest mythologies known to humanity? Yes, but I would like to correct you here that obviously they are not the oldest “civilizations” in the world but yes, they have the oldest documented mythology. We had Mayans, Ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamian, Chinese, Indus Valley Civilizations and etc before them. But these are the two prominent cultures which has developed and documented their mythology in forms of sacred books and culture. Which has been mentioned in the blog as they have the oldest mythology known to man. Greeks and Hindus (Indians) are both descended from a common ancestor (Indo-European) which probably had its own religious/spiritual beliefs and those beliefs evolved over time into the Greek and Hindu forms. Every culture is made of people who have an identical psychic/spiritual/conscious nature. Your mind might not be a physical thing, but it does have a structure and function. So the similarities might be the result of different groups each coming up with their own explanation/description of the same thing (Man’s dual physical/conscious nature and how it relates to a physical/conscious Universe). I guess your fourth point also gets covered here about being ignorant of the anthropological history of both mythologies.

      2. What you say about Yama and Hades is a gross exaggeration? And you have mentioned that ” I know less about Greek myths”. So I will give some facts over here about the both characters of the mythology who ruled the underworld of their respective mythical worlds. They both are judge and decide the faith of the dead souls. And obviously with many generations the mythology has been refined as mentioned by you, which may have lead to slightly different approach on these characters. But you cannot deny that they both were the rulers of the underworlds.

      3. Trinities aren’t unique to Greek or Hindu religions? Would request you to refer this detailed article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_deity) about triple deity or trinities in ancient mythologies. In Greek mythology, Zeus (considered the Zeus [king of the gods] of the Heavens), Poseidon (Zeus of the seas) and Pluto/Hades (Zeus of the underworld) are considered as Trinities. The article has already compared Zeus to Indra and Hades to Yama. So it’s your misconception if you are comparing Zeus, Poseidon and Hades to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The article points to explain the similar concept of Trinities between the two religion and as mentioned before Greeks and Hindus (Indians) are both descended from a common ancestor (Indo-European) which probably had its own religious/spiritual beliefs and those beliefs evolved over time into the Greek and Hindu forms.

  2. Father of titans is ouranos and gaea not chronus and father of gods is chronos the titan.. 2. Hero who was killed by piercing heel is achilles not heracles….thats how the term came to be known ad achilles heel….just give a check once

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