Additional Characters: The Gods
Lord Vishnu is a caring deity who normally shows compassion and sympathy to those who worship him. He interacts frequently with members of Ponnivala’s ruling elite. But this major god is also playful. Sometimes he takes the role of a trickster. Sometimes he appears in disguise, especially when he wishes to test a devotee. Ultimately Vishnu is responsible for this heroic family’s many successes, but also for their ultimate defeat.
Lord Shiva is lord of destruction and rebirth. His great dance and his rhythmic music control the timing of the repetitive cosmic cycles. But Shiva is also a great yogin and recluse whose meditation work stores up cosmic energy that will later be released at the start of a new era. Although he has the power to grant boons and fulfill wishes, getting too close can be dangerous! He is often grumpy. Devotees prefer the aid of an intermediary.