What is the Trimurti?
Which deity is responsible for creation in the Trimurti?
Which sect of Hinduism worships Surya as the supreme personality of the godhead and does not accept the Trimurti?
Which Hindu denomination places emphasis on a group of five deities rather than just a single deity?
Which goddesses are assigned the roles of the Trimurti in the Female-Centric Shaktidharma denomination?
Which period saw the rise of post-Vedic religion and the evolution of what R. C. Majumdar calls 'synthetic Hinduism'?
Which deity is responsible for preservation in the Trimurti?
Which Hindu denomination does not acknowledge the Trimurti concept and instead believes in the avataras of Vishnu?
Which sculpture in the Elephanta Caves on Gharapuri Island is a prominent visual example of a Shaivism version of the Trimurti?
The Trimurti is a Hinduism's supreme triumvirate or triple deity of supreme divinity, which personifies the cosmic functions of creation, preservation, and destruction as a triad of deities. The triple deity is composed of Brahma the creator, Vishnu also known as Jagannath (the lord of universe) the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. Temples dedicated to various permutations of the Trimurti can be seen as early as the 6th century CE, and there are still some temples today in which the Trimurti are actively worshiped. Shaivites believe that Lord Shiva is the Supreme, who assumes various critical roles and assumes appropriate names and forms, and also stands transcending all these. A prominent visual example of a Shaivism version of the Trimurti is the Trimurti Sadashiva sculpture in the Elephanta Caves on Gharapuri Island. Vaishnavism generally does not acknowledge the Trimurti concept; instead, they believe in the avataras of Vishnu like Narasimha, Rama, Krishna, etc. Smartism is a denomination of Hinduism that places emphasis on a group of five deities rather than just a single deity. The Saura sect that worships Surya as the supreme personality of the godhead and saguna brahman does not accept the Trimurti as they believe Surya is God. The Tridevi is the trinity of goddess consorts for the Trimurti. The Puranic period from the 4th to the 12th century CE saw the rise of post-Vedic religion and the evolution of what R. C. Majumdar calls "synthetic Hinduism". The concept of Trimurti is also present in the Maitri Upanishad, where the three gods are explained as three of his supreme forms. The Female-Centric Shaktidharma denomination assigns the eminent roles of the three forms (Trimurti) of Supreme Divinity not to masculine gods but instead to feminine goddesses: Mahasarasvati (Creatrix), Mahalaxmi (Preservatrix), and Mahakali (Destructrix). In general, it can be said that the Trimurti has less of a role in the Hinduism of recent centuries than in ancient India.
Test your knowledge on the Trimurti, the Hinduism's supreme triumvirate or triple deity of supreme divinity. This quiz will cover aspects such as the three deities that compose the Trimurti, their roles, their worship, and the different beliefs surrounding this concept within Hinduism. If you're interested in Hinduism or mythology, this is the quiz for you!
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