Alampur Temples – Trinity

Within the Nava Bhramma cluster of temples lies a passage way which is divided into 3 parts. And looking up one could see these lovely sculptures of the Divine Trinity of Hindu mythology on the ceiling  at a height of 4-5 meters.

Normally the sequence is that of Bhrama Vishnu and Shiva, however the sequence here allows Shiva to be centrally placed.

The three gods represent the three fundamental powers of nature which are manifest in the world viz. creation, destruction and maintenance. These powers exist perpetually. Creation is going on all the time. So is destruction and maintenance. All three powers are manifest at all times. They are inseparable. Creation and destruction are like two sides of a coin. And maintenance is an integral part of the processes of creation and destruction.

Lord Brahma the Creator
One of the earliest iconographic descriptions of Brahma is that of the four-faced god seated on a lotus. The Lord has in his four hands a water-pot (kamandalu), a manuscript (Vedas), a sacrificial implement (sruva) and a rosary (mala).

Lord Vishnu the Preserver
Normally, Lord Vishnu is depicted with four arms: One hand holds a lotus; a second holds a conch; a third holds a discus (which always returns by itself after being thrown); and the fourth carries a mace. The petals of the lotus are believed to symbolize the unfolding of creation; the conch is said to symbolize that from which all existence originates; and the discus and the mace reputedly were obtained by Lord Vishnu as rewards for defeating the God Indra.

and Lord Shiva the Destroyer

Shiva’s representation is of many forms.  Here the sculpture reveals the Andhakasura vadha representation where Lord Shiva kills the demon of darkness.


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