Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, the Highest Gods of Hinduism. Next only to Brahman in importance and hierarch. Functionally they represent the triple functions of Manifested Brahman. Hence they are also called the Trimurthis or the Trinity of Hinduism. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Shiva is the destroyer. They are assisted in their duties, by their consorts, or associated goddesses namely, Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvathi respectively.