Minimum value of the sum of squared distances

Let $P$ be a point in the interior of a triangle in a particular plane. If $a,b,c$ are the distances of $P$ from the $3$ sides of the triangle, then find $a,b,c$ for which the sum of squares of these distances is minimum. In other words, minimise the value of $a^2+b^2+c^2$.

I've tried considering the special cases like that of an equilateral triangle but am not certain about it.

In a triangle, the variables $a, b, c$ are typically reserved for the side lengths. To avoid confusion, I will use $r_a, r_b, r_c$ to denote the distances of a point $P$ from corresponding sides. Let $\Delta$ be the area of the triangle. For any point $P$ on or inside the triangle, we have

$$\sum_{cyc} a r_a = a r_a + b r_b + c r_c = 2\Delta\tag{*1}$$

Furthermore, if any triplets of non-negative numbers $x_a, x_b, x_c$ satisfies $(*1)$, there is a point $P$ on or inside the triangle with $(r_a, r_b, r_c) = (x_a, x_b, x_c)$.

Let $\displaystyle\;k = \frac{2\Delta}{\sum_{cyc} a^2} = \frac{2\Delta}{a^2+b^2+c^2}\;$, the sum of squared distances can be rewritten as

\begin{align}\sum_{cyc} r_a^2 &= \sum_{cyc} \left( (r_a - k a)^2 + 2k a r_a - k^2 a^2 \right)\\ &= \sum_{cyc} (r_a - k a)^2 + 2\left(\frac{2\Delta}{\sum_{cyc} a^2}\right)\left(\sum_{cyc} a r_a\right) - \left(\frac{2\Delta}{\sum_{cyc} a^2}\right)^2 \left( \sum_{cyc} a^2\right)\\ &= \sum_{cyc} (r_a - k a)^2 + \frac{4\Delta^2}{\sum_{cyc} a^2} \end{align}\tag{*2} Since $\sum_{cyc} a (ka) = 2\Delta$, there is a point on or inside the triangle with $(r_a, r_b, r_c) = (ka, kb, kc)$.
The minimum of sum of squared distances is achieved at this point with value $\displaystyle\;\frac{4\Delta^2}{a^2+b^2+c^2}$.

Update

Please note that this particular point is known as symmedian point (or alternatively the Lemoine point or Grebe point). After I finished this answer, a search indicate this particular property has been asked before. Look at this question for more answers.