is likely that the Trimukha Shiva of Mohenjo-daro suggested the subsequent evolution of
the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and the Shiva Purana, when it places Shiva as the
first of the gods, has possibly a historical basis to support the tradition.
The shrine of Somanatha in Prabhasa is traditionally as old as
creation; it is certainly pre-historic. The Mahishmati of Vedic times, which was near
Broach on the Narmada, may have been another centre of some ancient Pashupata cult; for
Sahasrarjuna, its ambitious ruler of traditional history, got his prowess from Pashupati;
and Parashurama, his vanquisher, also secured his irresistible weapon from the same deity.