I’ve been working on a YA story about three girls, and I’d been having some issues determining just what weapons they would carry. I finally decided on using the triumvirate of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, just to give a different feel to this story.
At this point, I have one series that’s used mostly Greek mythology, the ‘story that never ends’ uses Irish mythology, and the shorter stories that I’ve been working on to sort of introduce the characters use folklore and legend as much as mythology.
I’m hoping that “Wolf in the Shadow” will be available by the end of June, and I’m hoping to have another one ready by the end of August. I’m hoping to release the one about the girls in maybe September or November, it just depends, and the third Ethan book will be out in October. So, I’ve got my work cut out for me. But, on to the Trimurti.
The idea of the Trimurti states that Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver, and Shiva is the destroyer. It seems that the idea of the Trimurti is that there is one Supreme and the others are manifestations of this deity, with each form having a different function. In some instances, Vishnu is viewed as the Supreme with Brahma and Shiva being aspects of Him. In other cases, the Supreme is Shiva.
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva is not the oldest Trimurti. In older texts, Surya replaces Brahma, or this God is seen as an Absolute over the others.
The idea of the trimurti isn’t present in the Rig Veda. In this text, the primary god mentioned is Indra, who was a warrior who brought the world into being. Another god mentioned is Agni, who is the god of the sacred fire and is responsible for taking offerings to the gods. There is the idea of a triple-aspected deity, but not the specific trimurti most of us are familiar with. This doesn’t occur until the Puranas. In the later works Brahma replaces Indra, and Shiva is associated with Agni. Vishnu, however, seems to remain the same regardless of the time period.
Other texts look at other aspects of the gods, and these texts can be found at Internet Sacred Text Archive. I highly recommend the epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana) to anyone interested in these topics.