"A Sanskrit word the Universal Power or ground of all existence, and also (in its masculine form with long final syllable) a particular deity, the first person in the Triad (Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva) of the Hindus. The personal god Brahma is represented as a red or golden-colored figure with four heads and as many arms, and he is often accompanied by the swan or goose. He is the god of the fates, master of life and death, yet he is himself created, and is merely the agent of Brahma, the Universal Power." — Winston's Encyclopedia, 1919

Brahma

"A Sanskrit word the Universal Power or ground of all existence, and also (in its masculine form with…

A statue of Siva.

Siva

A statue of Siva.

"Siva." —Bulfinch, 1897

Siva

"Siva." —Bulfinch, 1897

A representation of Siva or Shiva. Shiva is one of the principal deities of hinduism.

Siva

A representation of Siva or Shiva. Shiva is one of the principal deities of hinduism.

"His attributes are represented by the three personified powers of creation, preservation, and destruction, which under the names of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva form the Trimurti or triad of principal Hindu gods." —Bulfinch, 1897

The Trimurti

"His attributes are represented by the three personified powers of creation, preservation, and destruction,…