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The Three Pillars of Hinduism: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh

By April 6, 2022November 20th, 2023No Comments

Have you ever wondered about the Trimurti? Why are they always remembered together? What is the reason behind them being the supreme Gods in Hinduism? Well, we are here to answer these questions for you. InstaAstro presents you with another interesting blog, this time talking about the story and significance of Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. So let us dive into this topic and get to know more about the same. Also for more such exciting vlogs don’t forget to check InstaAstro’s website or download the app for regular and free updates.

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Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh

Before getting to know the individual let us have a look at the Brahma Vishnu Mahesh story. Well, there is still no clear evidence about the creation or the formation of Brahma Vishnu and Shiva. According to some, Shiva came first and from him Brahma and Vishnu were created. It is believed that Brahma came from Shiva and Vishnu came from Brahma. Moreover, according to another theory it comes around to be that Vishnu and Brahma were created by the Ardhanarishvara form of Lord Shiva.

However, on the other hand, some theories suggest that Brahma was the very first one to be present. Further he then created Vishnu and Mahesh as he is the creator of the universe. He, including everything, created Vishnu and Mahesh in order to get help in maintaining and sustaining the balance of the universe.


The Hindu Trimurti or Trinity comprises Brahma, the creator of the universe; Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer, who together come around to be the Brahma Vishnu Mahesh. These three Gods run the universe in a cycle, i.e. our existence from birth, life, death to the afterlife. There are various icons and representations associated with them. Let’s have a look at them.

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Vishnu, the Preserver

The Three Pillars of Hinduism

Three Pillars of Hinduism

Vishnu, the preserver and protector. He descends as an avatar whenever evil threatens human existence. His widely known avatars are Rama and Krishna. Legends describe him with blue or grey-blue skin tone, dressed in finest attire and jewellery with his vahana (vehicle) or animal companion Garuda ( a part-man and eagle). In some sculptures, we can see him with two consorts; Shree Devi (another name for Lakshmi) and Bhu Devi (the Earth Goddess and an avatar of Lakshmi).

Shiva, the Destroyer

The Three Pillars of Hinduism

Three Pillars of Hinduism

Shiva, the destroyer, is an ascetic or hermit dressed in animal skins. He has dreadlocks and has a Trishul (trident), his third eye and a serpent around his neck in scriptures. His damaru (drum) and the crescent moon with the holy river Ganga are flowing through his hair.

People usually associate Shiva with his wife Parvati and their children, Skanda and Ganesh. He is always in deep meditation or the popular Nataraja form (the Tandava or dance of destruction for regeneration). Another known form is linga sculpture which symbolises his powerful regenerative energy. 

Brahma, the Creator

Lord Brahma

Brahma, the creator, is depicted as an older man with four heads facing different directions. The four heads symbolise their recitation of each of the four Vedas of Hinduism. Unlike Vishnu and Shiva, Brahma is not seen with any weapons of war but holds symbols of wisdom, knowledge and creation. His idols are in use for yagnas or religious rites such as Vedic texts, the spoon to pour ghee into holy fires and a rosary. His vahana is a goose or swan that resides beside his wife Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge.  

Over the years, the evolution of religion has resulted in diverse and sometimes contradictory customs and literature. However, despite the countless legends and Hindu Gods, these three Gods of the Trinity hold a place of immense importance in present-day Hinduism.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who is Brahma Vishnu Mahesh?

Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh come around to be the Trimurti in Hindu Mythology. These three come around to be the highest form of Gods by the Hindus. Moreover, Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh have an important role in balancing the universe. Brahma is the creator of the universe, Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe and lastly Mahesh is the destroyer.

2. Who created Brahma Vishnu Mahesh?

There are many explanations about the creation of Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. Some people tend to believe that Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh were not created  by anyone as they existed when there was nothing and will exist till eternity. However, some people believe that Vishnu originated from Shiva and Brahma originated from Vishnu. There is still no proper evidence to prove this theory and thus, this still remains a great mystery.

3. Who created Vishnu?

According to some mythological texts it comes around as Lord Vishnu was created by Lord Shiva. It also says that Lord Vishnu originated from the Ardhanarishvara form of Lord Shiva.

4. Who created Vishnu and Shiva?

It is another debatable topic as according to some texts Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu were created by Lord Brahma. Moreover, as Brahma is the creator of the universe it comes around as he also created Shiva and Vishnu.

5. What is the relation of Brahma Vishnu Mahesh?

Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh are the ones who rule and control the universe. According to Hindu mythology, Brahma is the creator of the universe, Vishnu is the protector and preserver of the Universe, and lastly Mahesh is the destroyer.

6. Who came first among Brahma Vishnu Mahesh?

According to some mythological texts Mahesh (Shiva) comes around to be the first and the rest two came from him. However, some texts also refer to Brahma being the first as he further creates Mahesh (Shiv) and Vishnu.

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