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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

There are different perspectives. This is an advaita perspective (the belief that all Gods are One.) What are the three gunas The three gunas are: Tamas - this is the quality of laziness, darkness (...
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Why did Lord Shiva take 44 avatars if his primary role is to be the destroyer?

First of all there is not anything like 44 Avatars of Shiva. There are many (actually infinite) Avatars of Lord Shiva. Also as you have asked "What is the need of his avatar if his function is to ...
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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

Vishnu and Rudra are Satvic and Tamasic respectively only in view of activities and in nature they are inverse to this. Brahma is always Rajasic. This is explained in Chapter Sixteen: Description of ...
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If Sanskrit is derived from Vedic mantras then how were the Gods communicating before?

We should keep in mind that the idea or concept of Gods or Devas is metaphysical (adhyAtmam). In other words, we cannot think of Devas communicating through a human-like language. Even at a level that ...
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Do Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara die?

It is said during universal dissolution the universe gets merged into Supreme Brahman. Now, if Supreme Brahman = Shiva; the sentence can be said as: It is said during universal dissolution the ...
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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

To an extent they are related. Swami Nikhilananda says in his book The Upanishads (V1, p 59): With reference to His [Saguna Brahman] three activities of creation, preservation, and destruction, ...
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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

"Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?" NO. Not related in anyway. God is above 3 modes/gunas. Their physical incarnations can contain all 3 ...
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Can God(s) get bored?

"I think It may be possible demigods could get bored as they are not enlightened but what about Trinity? Is there any case which tells trinity got bored?" Let's assume that the trinity is one or the ...
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when is the Trimurti referred to first?

It seems to be a puranic concept No. Here they are mentioned in narayana suktam- tasyāḥ śikhāyā madhye paramātmā vyavasthitaḥ, sa brahma sa śivaḥ sa hariḥ sendraḥ so'kṣaraḥ paramaḥ svarāṭ. ...
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which is the most frequent formulation of the Gods of the Trimurti?

The most frequent order, when talking about the three Gods together, is Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswara and that is due to the fact that creation (with which Brahma is associated) comes first then ...
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Where did sage Bhrigu do penance?

According to this the importance of Bhrigu Temple and Sage Bhrigu doing penance in the city of Ballia is mentioned. This town is undoubtedly of great antiquity; many legends bear witness to its ...
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Why Lord Shiva is in tapasya?

You cannot say the exact reason why they are doing tapasya. But while doing so, they are praying one another in a cycle. I have read one short story about this in "Shiv Puran". It says, Once, Mata ...
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Did Ravana's boon of invulnerability include the trimurtis?

Acc to Rāvaṇa’s boon of invincibility that he should not be vanquished by Devas, Daityas, Dānavas, Yakṣas, Nāgas, Gandharvas, Suparnas, Siddhas and other beings. He left out humans and animals as he ...
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Brahma Vishnu and Shiva are under the cycle of Birth and Death?

As per varying scriptures, we get varying accounts. Even within same scripture we can get varying accounts of Supreme deities. Since you have given an account from Devi Bhagvat Purana, I'll give ...
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As per Shaiva theology are new Vishnu and Brahmâ are born in every Kalpa?

Purāṇas sometimes, within themselves, portray varying accounts. Although, in the general cases, we can solve them by kalpa-bheda theory. However, in this case, since it's talking about deities whose ...
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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

The trimurti have dual roles and so do the gunas. One during the creation and the other during dissolution. The creation follows the path of purest energy to Shiva then to Vishnu to Brahma and the ...
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