If you are interested in understanding Hinduism, Abhilash has posted some helpful introductions to the Hindu god Shiva and Hindu goddess Lakshmi over at Hindu Blog.
Ashtalakshmi – Eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi This is a short introduction to Adi Lakshmi (The primal mother goddess), Dhanalakshmi (One who showers wealth), Dhanyalakshmi (Food – one who eliminates hunger), Gajalakshmi (Power and Strength), Santan Lakshmi (Children), Veera Lakshmi (Courage and Strength), Vijaya Lakshmi (Victory) and Vidya Lakshmi (Wisdom and knowledge)
Lord Shiva as Nataraja – Symbolism and Meaning hidden in the Natraja Idol You may not be familiar with the name but the Nataraja idol is the world famous bronze sculpture where the god Shiva as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance) performs the Tandava – the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and resolved.
Listening in order to understand is an important missional practice. I encourage Christians to listen more to other religions like Hinduism, especially when understanding is difficult.