- This article is about Deities worshipped as murtis in Hinduism. For the Hindu concept of God, see The Beatles in India.
It took 6 days in Christianity to make the world, but Hinduism had nothing of the sort. At first, Brahma just hanged somewhere inside the egg and was pretty happy about it. But then he realized: one egg per universe is insufficient, so he broke away and gave birth to dozens of gods, humans, asuras, beasts and snakes. It didn't take much of his time.
As for the prosper/reproduce idea, the humans simply volunteered. All that he did for birth control - deployed a little Death, which didn't help at all.
- Shiva is a god of mercy and destruction. Mostly known for walking in the mountains and destroying everyone he meets (news later mention that snow avalanche has happened), he is very popular among the people of this world, because not only he always agrees not to shoot someone who cries for mercy, but also binds their wounds and does so free of charge.
- Vishnu is a god of avatars. When interested, he often registered an account in the human world, selected an avatar and went roaming. Critics accuse Vishnu that he once created about ten thousand clones and used them in Pandava/Kaurava war on both sides. At the moment Vishnu can neither confirm nor deny that.
- Indra is a democratically elected manager of gods. Other than shooting people with a lightning for his own amusement, mainly enjoys riding his favorite white elephant. It happened once that a slave of Shiva cut the elephant's head off in order to attach it to Shiva's son. After discussing the situation over a cup of tea, Indra and Shiva noted its absurdity, resurrected the elephant and drank for its well being ever after.
How Indra deserted his post
Once Indra killed a very dangerous dragon. Unfortunately, dragon was a priest (who could have known), so Indra fled his charges into the lakes of USA. And gods became very unhappy without his sence of humor at their dinner parties.
So the gods divised an insidious plan. They have invited an unmarried human called Nahusha to rule them for a while, and they made sure that on every celebration he'll be sitting near the beautiful wife of Indra. And spread the false rumors.
It worked at first, as Indra greatly angered and returned to have a duel. Too bad Nahusha was a bodybuilder, so when Indra saw his muscles, he fled right back where he came from. The gods had to curse Nahusha so that Indra could return without unnecessary risks, to satisfaction of them all.