Among all the 64 forms of Bhagwan Shiv, these three forms namely
- Ekapada Murthy
are lesser-known and closely related to each other but all these three forms are different
EKAPADA MURTHY is the form that represents only BhagwanShiv standing alone on a single foot signifying that the Shiva acts as the cosmic pillar of this entire universe.
This form is mentioned in Vedas, Agamas, and several holy scriptures.
The characteristic feature of Ekapada is the single leg and is usually represented in a standing erect position with four arms, three eyes, and wearing tiger skin around the waist. The upper hands hold a tanka and a deer, while the lower hands showing Abhaya and Varada postures.
The head is adorned with a Jatamakuta and the body with respective ornaments. Also, the leg is usually seen to be placed on a Padmapeetha.
EKAPADA TRIMURTHY – it is a form that shows that Bhagwan Brahma and Vishnu emerge out of Bhagwan Shiv, this form signifying his supremacy.
In this form where Vishnu and Brahma Ji are showing an Anjali pose and worshipping Shiva with their lower hands, while the upper hands holding their divine weapons. And central part is usually the same as described above in Ekapada.
TRIPADA TRIMURTHY is just a similar form to Ekapada trimurthy but here you can see the legs of Vishnu & Brahma Ji had completely emerged out but one of their legs is still attached to the Ekapada
It indicates that the work of Vishnu and Brahma was assigned by the Bhagwan Shiv