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...... Trimurti: Trinity in Hinduism ......

The Trimurti (English: ‘three forms’) is a concept in Hinduism "in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahmm the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva the destroyer or transformer," These three deities have been called "the Hindu triad" or the "Great Trinity," often addressed as "Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshvar." One type of depiction for the Trimurti shows three heads on one neck, and often even three faces on one head, each looking in a different direction.---Wikipedia.
The triad of gods is regarded as the three highest manifestations of the one ultimate reality reflecting human existenceas as birth, life and death.
The trimurti is interpreted in various forms in Hindu philosophy. A widely accepted belief is that it represents earth, water, and fire. The earth has given rise to all living beings. It is represented as Brahma, the creator. Brahma also represents the quality of passion or desire, which is responsible for the procreation of life. No living being can exist without water. Water is the sustainer of life and therefore preserves it. It is represented as Vishnu, the preserver. He also represents the quality of mercy, because of which the life is preserved. Fire destroys life, and is responsible for the destruction of the world. It is represented as Shiva, the destroyer. He also represents the quality of darkness and wrath, which is responsible for the annihilation of the world.
Each God in the trinity has his consort. To Brahma is Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, learning, arts and cultural fulfillment . For Vishnu is Lakshmi, the Goddess of love, beauty, fertility, fortune and material fulfillment. For Shiva is Kali (Parvati) , the Goddess of power, destruction, transformation and spiritual fulfillment .

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva seated on lotuses with their consorts
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Vishnu and Brahma argue over the Pillar of Fire
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#1: The Trimurti of the three Hindu Gods #2: Statues of Brahm, Vishnu and Shiva at Ellora Caves #3: Trinity (Trimurti) #4: Trimurti as Shiva Nataraja
#1: The Trimurti of the three Hindu Gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (left to right). #2: Statues of Brahm, Vishnu and Shiva at Ellora Caves near Aurangabad, India
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#3: Trinity (Trimurti) #4: Trimurti as Shiva Nataraja, Centro Histórico - Embu das Artes/SP - Brasil
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