Tripada Trimurti: Lord Shiva as Three footed Trinity

Tripada Trimurti

Tripada Trimurti

Trimurthi is the trinity of three deities Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Tripada Trimurthi is the form of Lord Shiva where he is described along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu forming the trinity.

In the Tripada Trimurthi form, the legs of Vishnu and Shiva are seen, that is the reason it is called three-legged trinity. In Ekapada Trimurthi, the central leg of Shiva is more visible than other two smaller legs of Vishnu and Brahma, who emerge from the sides.

Some epics mention that the iconic figures of Brahma and Vishnu are proportionally smaller compared to that of Lord Shiva in Tripada Trimurthi.

As it is described in the Linga Purana, Lord Shiva is the lord with one foot, four arms, three eyes and a trident and he stationed after creating Vishnu from his left side and four-headed Brahma from his right side.

The existence of Tripada Timurthi has been discussed in some of the epics but it is not sure when the exact occurrence of this form of Lord Shiva has taken place.

It is also believed that the Tripada Trimurthi is the most uncommon form of all the Hindu deities and it is known for its versatility and power. Since all the three Lords are formed to have one unique power and the power is controlled by Lord Shiva, this is considered to be the most powerful form of Lord Shiva by the Shaivites.

The icons of Tripada Trimurthi are mostly found in the temples of South India and Orissa. In some temples the icons of Tripada Trimurthi are along with some popular sages and other Gods.

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