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The Hindu Trinity (Trimūrti)

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195658712
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082018 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0006
The Hindu Trinity (Trimūrti)

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This chapter discusses the Hindu trinity. As early as Gupta times, a holy trinity of Hinduism, the Trimūrti or triple form, was evolved. This consisted of Brahmā the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Śiva the destroyer. The doctrine of the Trimūrti was occasionally popular in some circles, and is proclaimed in the fine hymn of Kālidāsa. According to S. Radhakrishnan: ‘The three, Brahmā, Vishnu, and Śiva, are not to be conceived as independent persons; they are the threefold manifestations of the one Supreme’.

Keywords: Hinduism; holy trinity; Trimūrti; Kālidāsa; S. Radhakrishnan; Brahmā; Vishnu; Śiva

Chapter.  1499 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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