Trimurti Shrine – Everything is red!
When I want to eat Japanese food in Bangkok, I often go to Isetan. Isetan is one of the most famous and luxury Japanese department store chains, and is located at Central World Plaza in Rachaprasong shopping district. I’m very frugal, so I usually don’t want to go anywhere expensive, but I go there not only to eat Japanese food, but also to take pictures of the people who are praying at Trimurti, which is standing in front of Isetan.
In Thailand, Trimurti is called “tri-murati”, and it means “three forms”. It’s the same meaning in English as well. It represents the forms of three most powerful deities of the Hindu pantheon. They are known as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. If they look like humans, the statue of Trimurti should have three faces and six arms, but this statue has five faces and four arms. So I think this statue is Brahma.
Brahma is typically drawn in the form of four faces and four arms, but I heard some legend that said Brahma originally had five faces. According to that legend, Brahma didn’t get along with Vishnu. One day, they had a quarrel about who was the real god of creation, and this quarrelling made Shiva so annoyed. In the end, Shiva got angry and cut off one of Brahma’s face. That’s why Brahma now has four faces.
This statue has four faces, and has another small face on his head. I guess this small face is the one which was cut off by Shiva. That’s why I think this statue is Brahma. By the way, Vishnu also has four arms, but he has only one face like a human. Shiva has one face too, but I’m not sure how many arms he has. In some of the pictures, he has 2 arms like a human, but there are pictures where he has 4 arms too.
However, everyone calls this statue “Trimurti”, so it should be Trimurti. I agree! By the way, this statue is also known as the god of love. I’m going to write about that on another occasion.