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Classical Hindu ThoughtAn Introduction$
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Arvind Sharma

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.001.0001

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The Hindu Trinity (Trimūrti)

The Hindu Trinity (Trimūrti)

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(p.72) Chapter VI The Hindu Trinity (Trimūrti)
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Classical Hindu Thought
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Arvind Sharma

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0006

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

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