Hindu Trinity

The Hindu Trinity are Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma is the creator of the Universe, Vishnu is the preserver of the Universe and Shiva is the destroyer of the Universe. All three together make the ultimate one Godhead, which has many names. Brahma is not widely worshiped and of all my time in India I only saw one Brahma temple and that was in the sacred town of Pushkar, Rajasthan. Vishnu is widely worshiped. Vishnu is the one Indian God that takes human form and Rama and Krishna are incarnations of Vishnu. Shiva is also widely worshiped and many of the wondering sadus are shiva worshipers.

Hinduism is a monotheistic religion. However, it is understood that by giving God one name or one image or one attribute you are limiting the limitless. Therefore, the Hindus are happy to have many names and images for God because they are able to connect with the infinate through many different paths.


5 Responses to “Hindu Trinity”

  1. Noah Wolfgang Neumark Says:

    I recently read Swami Prahabananda’s Vedanta Society Bhagavad Gita translation in which there was an interesting clarification on Shiva the “destroyer”. They suggested that the term “destroyer” can be interpreted inappropriately since the universe has absolutely no destruction or creation, but rather transformation into different forms of being. Therefore, they use the word “dissolution” to convey this sense.

  2. Eric Kirk Says:

    Nevertheless, Vishnu and Shiva are in conflict. Right?

  3. shankarwolf Says:

    Eric, I am not sure about conflict between Vishnu and Shiva. I know that most Indian holy men are either Vaishnavs or Shivites meaning they worship Vishnu or Shiva, but I don’t think there’s much antagonism between the two.

  4. AM I A HINDU? Says:

    What Noah Wolfgang Neumark wrote is true.

    The word DESTRUCTION is not the true word, even though I had used the word many times. The word “dissolution” is a better word.

    Lord Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita, ” In the beginning of the Kalpa [time] the whole creation emerges from me and at the end of Kalpa [time] the whole creation merges in me.”

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