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From   Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/4  and Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/5

Trishiraa is a compound word. Tri means three and Shiraa means Shir or heads; so Trishiraa means with three heads. There are three Trishiraa and all three had three heads that is why they were called Trishiraa.
(1) One Trishiraa was Shiv's weapon, Maaheshwar Jwar, who had three heads. He fought with Krishn's Vaishnav Jwar but got defeated. Then he had to take Krishn's shelter and Krishn made him fearless. (Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u10)

(2) Another Trishiraa was Twashtaa's son (known as Vishwaroop also) who was killed by Indra. (Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/5)

(3) Another Trishiraa was a Daitya. He was in the times of Raam and lived in Dandak Van with Khar, Dooshan and Shoorpanakhaa.

Trishiraa - Twashtaa's Son
One is Twashtaa's (Twashtaa was an Aaditya) son Vishwaroop. Twashtaa's one wife was from Asur family and Vishwaroop was her son. It is said that he had three heads. From one mouth he drank Som Ras, from the second mouth he drank wine, and from the third mouth he ate food. That is why he was known as Trishiraa also.

At one time Brihaspati Jee became angry with Devtaa and left them. Devtaa needed a Guru very badly to win Daitya, so they went to Bahmaa Jee and help them. Brahmaa jee suggested that they should got to Twashtaa's son Vishwaroop, he is a true Braahman, he will surely help you. So Indra went to him and requested to be their Guru.

After some hesitation Vishwaroop accepted their request. He taught Naaraayan Kavach to Indra so that he was protected with that. Since Vishwaroop was the son of an Asur mother, he used to offer Aahuti to Asur also loudly but politely and silently. Once Indra had noticed it and he cut his all the three heads. His head which used to drink Som Ras became Papeehaa, the head which used to drink wine became Gauraiyaa, and the head which used to eat food became Teetar [all three are Indian birds].

After killing Vishwaroop, Indra got attached to the sin of Brahm Hatyaa. Read Indra's story or in Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/5.



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