A key concept in Hinduism is the Trimurti, which is a group of three male gods. These are Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer). These are the three main forms of God. For Hindus, the Trimurti is an iconographic way of understanding the three functions of God (creation, preservation and destruction). In addition to the Trimurti, there is the Tridevi, which is a group of three female gods. These are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati, and they are of equal importance to the Trimurti.
In Hinduism, gurus are considered teachers or spiritual guides. Gurus are revered people, because they pass knowledge of the scriptures and the Hindu faith on to worshippers. They are experienced people who provide spiritual knowledge but also counsel people during challenging moments in their lives. They show how to follow a truly Hindu way of life.
Why is belief in the Trimurti important to Hindus?
The Trimurti are linked to God’s functions of creation, preservation and destruction.