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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xvii ] ‘Triple form’; the three Hindu gods B rahma , V ishnu and S hiva viewed as a triad, embodying the three cosmic forces of creation, preservation and destruction. Although the grouping was originally perhaps an artificial one, designed, like the figure of H arihara , to overcome sectarian conflict, it is now a living part of Hindu worship. The three consorts S arasvati , L akshmi and P arvati , are regarded as embodying the female aspects ( see S hakti ) of these cosmic forces. In practice the Hindu will offer devotion (B hakti ) to one deity in particular (cf. I shtadeva ), while revering the others as manifestations of the same supreme reality (B rahman ). Composite forms such as trimurti are probably more popular among Shaivas than among Vaishnavas [but see 4: 198–9]. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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