The coolest Hindu deities around.

We love Hindu mythology. Of course! What’s not to love about thousands of gods with incredible powers who have a head of elephant, or many arms, or blue skin?

And, even better, sometimes they look like this:

All images by Sanjay Patel

These brilliant illustrations are part of Sanjay Patel‘s new book, Hindu Deities, which we discovered thanks to brainpickings.

Patel is author of several illustrated books about Hindu mythology, included a version of the Ramayana, which is one of our favourite stories ever – especially since it inspired the awesome Nina Paley‘s Sita Sings the Blues.

Mythology should always be this fun, can you wait to check out every single one of the deities in Patel’s illustrations and learn who they are? Neither can we! Who is your favorite? Ganesh? Or maybe Lakshmi? Let us know!