The Hindu Trinity or the Holy Trinity consists of Brahma, the creator (there is a clear difference between Brahma, Brahman, and brahmana); Vishnu, the sustainer; and Siva, the destroyer. Do you know the significance of the Holy Trinity and what it represents?
Gods of the Hindu Trinity
Brahma’s four heads depict the four Vedas, while His four hands show four directions. The prayer beads signify the process of creation of the universe. At the same time, the book implies knowledge. Similarly, lotus shows the living essence and nature. And in the meantime, the swan denotes grace and understanding. In addition to the mentioned, the crown of Brahma signifies supreme authority. Lastly, the beard embodies wisdom.
The second God of the Hindu trinity is Lord Vishnu. Vishnu is the one who preserves and protects the universe and takes various forms on earth to save humankind from disasters. Vishnu is portrayed with blue or grey-blue skin and is dressed in the finest clothes and jewels. While at the same time, Goddess Lakshmi incarnates to support Vishnu in each of His incarnations.
Shiva is the creator, preserver, and destroyer for everyone who worships him. He is a vital part of the Hindu Trinity, as, without destruction, there cannot be recreation. In contrast to Vishnu, Shiva is described as a hermit or ascetic being dressed in animal skins with matted and dreadlocked hair. Moreover, He is the source of both good and evil whose city is Varanasi. Believers believe that anyone who dies in Varanasi would go straight to Heaven.
What Does the Holy Trinity Represent?
The three Gods of the Hindu Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent the cyclical nature of our existence from birth, preservation, destruction to subsequent regeneration. These Gods are identifiable in their artistic representations by the icons commonly associated with them.