Significance of Trimurti

According to Hindu religious history, “Trinity” refers to Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Siva (the destroyer). Brahma has created the world and life and is often called with different names: Visvakarma, Pitamaha, Lokesa, Nabhija etc. He is the ingenious power of the worlds. Mother of learning ‘Saraswathi’ is his companion. Brahma is represented with four heads which signifies four yugas as well as four quarters of universe. Vahana (vehicle) for Brahma is Hamsa (Swan).

Vishnu is the solar god and he protects the worlds. He has many names such as havishnu, Narayana, Anantasayana, Chakradhari, Srinivasa, Padmanabha, Varadaraja, Panduranga, Venkatesa etc. Blue in color, he holds weapons like gada (mace), chakra (disc) which is used to destroy the evils to safeguard the good and weak. Garuda is his vehicle. To re-establish order and demolish the evil, he incarnates from time to time on earth which are referred as ‘avataras’. Till now, nine of such incarnations took place, while the tenth would be Kalki which is the last avathar in the cycle of creation.

God Siva is the third one in the trinity who takes care of destroying worlds. More precisely, he demolishes the evil forces and establishes order to replace the general human realization distinguished by animal instincts and evil passions.

Lord Siva has many names: Rudra, Jatadhara, Shankara, Iswara, Maheswara, Pasupathinath, Nilakanteswara, Dakshinamurthy and so on. He lives in Kailas which is located in Himalayan Mountains. He is known for his angriness and he opens his third eye when someone annoys him. This eye is also called as eye of wisdom. Mostly he would be in deep meditation in Himalayas. Unquestionably, he is a very powerful and popular Hindu god and is the driving force for the devotees to indulge in acts of devotion, courage and spiritual wisdom.

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