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© 2018 Linewise by Pooja Bhapkar

Trimurti ~ Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva

In Hinduism, the Almighty Lord is considered to be an incarnation of three gods. This holy trinity is known as the Trimurti.

The three gods of this trinity are Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Hindus believe that the gods within trinity represent the following three aspects: creation (Brahma), preservation (Vishnu) and destruction (Shiva). These gods are the heroes in all the Hindu mythological stories. My objectives behind the illustration were characterisation of mythological heroes, symbolisation of mythological terms, and the visual language. It is said to be that god is within us; within each human being. Even more, 'God' is a particular nature, a quality, like Brahma is in charge of 'raja guna' - the quality of passion, Vishnu is in charge of 'sattva guna' - the quality of goodness and Shiva is in charge of 'tama guna' - the quality of ignorance. For the project, I considered them the mythological heroes who are one of us, with these different qualities. Therefore, unlike traditional characterisation of Hindu gods, they are illustrated as human beings who complete this whole world. Their main characteristics are illustrated differently for their recognition. Such as Brahma has four heads which is a symbol of four Vedas. Instead of heads, eyes are being illustrated to portray that he is watching in all directions. Though we can see only two eyes, the third one is always behind him. Vishnu is with the huge snake behind him. Shiva is with the moon and snake around his neck. Behind these great gods there are goddesses that assist them in their duties. These goddess are the consorts of the Trimurti; they are Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and Parvati. Goddesses are the symbol of power which is always in our body in the form of 'tantra'. It has a scientific method to bring out this spiritual power through 'chakras'- centres of energy. These chakras are shown symbolically on the body of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Visual language was another major part to be considered. The illustration was not supposed to look only Indian or only western. It is a trial of Indo-Western style with its minute details.