Brahma

God Brahma is the God of creation in the Trimurti of Hinduism. He has four faces, looking in the four directions. Brahma is identified with the Vedic god Prajapati,

Lord-brahma-the god of creation

Abode  Brahmapura (Brahmalok / Satyaloka – Land of Truth)

Consorts: Savitri, Gayatri, Brahmani or Saraswati

Mount: Haṃsa (swan/goose)

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Chanting the Brahma Mantra helps us to fulfill the four aims of life righteousness, Prosperity, Pleasures and Liberation. Brahma Mantras are also good for those who wish to gain knowledge.

Brahma Bija Mantra

“Aum Satchit Ekam Brahma”

“Om Eim Hrim Shrim Klim Sauh Satchid Ekam Brahma”

Brahma Gayatri Mantra

Om Chathur mukhaya Vidmahe
Hamasaroodaya Dheemahe
Thanno Brahma Prachodayath.

Om Vedathmanaya vidmahe,
Hiranya Garbhaya Dheemahi,
Thanno Brahma prachodayath.

  • Brahma emerges from a lotus risen from Vishnu’s navel while he rests on the serpent Shesha
  • Brahma does not enjoy popular worship in present-age Hinduism and has lesser importance than the other members of the Trimurti
  • Brahma Temple, Pushkar in Rajasthan is famous
  • Brahma temple is in Thailand at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.
  • The Puranas describe Brahma as the deity creating time. They correlate human time to Brahma’s time, such as a mahākalpa being a large cosmic period, correlating to one day and one night in Brahma’s existence.
  • The lifespan of Brahmā is 100 Brahmā years, equivalent to 311,040,000,000,000 solar years. At the end of His lifespan, there will be a gap of 100 Brahmā years, after which another Brahmā or creator will begin the process of creation anew. This cycle is thought to repeat without end. With regard to Brahma’s day and night, each consists of 14 of his hours or 4.32 billion human years.
  • Brahmā is regarded as the creator but not necessarily as God.

Godess Saraswati has Sattva (quality of balance, harmony, goodness, purity, holistic, constructive, creative, positive, peaceful, virtuous), thus complementing Brahma’s Rajas (quality of passion, activity, neither good nor bad and sometimes either, action qua action, individualizing, driven, dynamic).

Brahma is traditionally depicted with four faces and four arms. Each face of his points to a cardinal direction.

His four mouths are credited with creating the four Vedas. He is often depicted with a white beard, implying his sage like experience. He sits on lotus, dressed in white (or red, pink), with his vehicle (vahana) – hansa, a swan or goose – nearby.

Brahma’s hands hold no weapons but symbols of knowledge and creation. His hands hold sacred test of Vedas, kundika (water pot) where all creation emanates from, akshamala (rosary) symbolizing time, a small and a large sruk-sruva (laddles used in yajna ceremonies, sacrificial fire).

Brahma temples:

Brahma Temple, Pushkar is famous of all. Below are Brahma temples as standalone or part of another temple.

Few temples for Lord Brahma – why?

<Brahma is the creator and not worshipped with the same devotion as Nurturer (Vishnu) and Destroyers (Shiva, as well as Shakti), since it is their belief that the one who nurtures & destroys should be appeased at all times.>

There are various stories on why Lord Brahma is less worshiped than Vishnu and Shiva.

Some stories are here below:

Story 1: Shiva cursed Brahma for lying to win a race

Once Brahma and Vishnu began an argument on who the most powerful of the Trimurthi (triad) was. When argument became so heated, the other gods asked Shiva to intervene. Shiva assumed the form of a gigantic lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva that depicts him as a creator). The lingam was of flaming fire and it went up to the heavens and descended into the nether regions underneath the earth. Both Brahma and Vishnu agreed that if they could find how enormous the fiery lingam was they could determine who among the triad was the most powerful. Brahma took the form of a swan and went upwards along the length of the ascending lingam while Vishnu assumed the form of a boar and descended along the lingam into the nether regions.

Both went on and on but neither could reach the ends. Vishnu, being very clever, realized that he had been outdone by Shiva and came back to acknowledge Shiva as the greatest of the triad. Unfortunately, Brahma decided that he could get past Shiva with trickery. On his ascent to determine the end of the upper part of the lingam, Brahma had passed the ketaki flower (Pandanus odorifer). Brahma requested ketaki, who was used to inhabit the upper end regions of the lingam, to testify before Shiva that he, Brahma, had reached the uppermost end. Ketaki agreed and, when brought before Shiva, the flower told Shiva that he had observed Brahma reach the upper end of the lingam.

Shiva was angered at this lie. He cursed Brahma with the horror of not ever being worshipped on earth while he also cursed the flower with the depressing eternal condition of never ever being used in any Hindu worshiping rituals.

Story 2: Saraswati cursed Brahma for being overtly amorous

There are other more colorful versions of this same myth. One testifies that Saraswati, who Brahma himself had created, was a goddess of learning and wisdom and did not want to be associated with carnal desire. She was a symbol of sublime purity. Brahma though, when he began to feel the overpowering influence of the goddess’s ethereal beauty, could hardly contain his passion. Saraswati soon realized what was going on in her creator Brahma’s mind. She changed forms to elude his inflamed overtures but he kept pursuing her and would not give up. Saraswati was afraid that his salacity would initiate sorrow on earth and on all beings. It is to be remembered that Brahma had first been created and had then created Saraswati. This was the time of the beginning of all that was and is. There was only sublimity then without what Saraswati understood as the defilement that was carnal desire. So Saraswati’s care not to get defiled by Brahma’s sexuality must be accepted as concern for all beings that were to be. Finally, unable to contain the amorous god, Saraswati, in great anger, cursed him with an eternity of scant worship by all beings.

Brahma is not worshiped because he stands accused of incest with his own daughter, variously indicated as Satarupa, Savitri, Sarasvati, Gayatri or Brahmani.

Story 3:
Brahma created a woman Satarupa in order to aid him with creation. Satarupa means or the woman who can assume a hundred forms. She was so beautiful that Brahma became infatuated with her, and his eyes followed her wherever she went. Satarupa was embarrassed and tried to move out of his gaze, but everywhere she moved, Brahma sprouted a head until he had grown four in all four directions.

But Shiva admonished Brahma for such incestuous behaviour. Since Brahma had distracted his mind from the soul and towards the cravings of the flesh, Shiva’s curse was that people should not worship Brahma. It is said that in repentance Brahma has been continually reciting the four Vedas since this time, one from each of his four heads. By its looks, this story appears to be one that was invented at a time when the barbarian Aryan society was itself plagued with all kinds of sexual escapades, including incest.

Story 4:

According to another legend, Brahma is not worshipped because of the curse by a great sage called Brahmarishi Bhrigu. The high priest Bhrigu was organizing a great fire-sacrifice called yajna on Earth. It was decided that the greatest among all Gods would be made the presiding deity. Bhrigu then set off to find the greatest among Trimurthi. When he went to Brahma, the god was so immersed in the music played by Saraswati that he could hardly hear Bhrigu’s calls. The enraged Bhrigu then cursed Brahma that no person on Earth would ever invoke him or worship him again.

Story 5

According to another story, once Brahma was performing a yagya, he was supposed to sit with his wife Savitri, who got late due to some reason. Brahma then married Gayatri & started performing the yagya. When Savitri reached there seing him with Gayatri, she cursed Brahma that he will not be worshipped. Later she was calmed down by Shree. But then Savitri left Brahma & went for tapa.  At Pushkar, Brahmaji & Gayatri’s idle is there in the temple. Savitri’s temple is seperate.

LEGEND FURTHER

There was no idol worship in the Vedic Era and all gods were worshiped through fire only.

In the Vedic period there was no sectarian worship of GODS. Whether a person follower of Vedic of Life or not , That only mattered. Lately change of worship in Sanaatana Dharma or Hinduism is changed.

Brahma is a god with a limited life span whereas the other gods are immortal. Limited age makes Brahma not worshiped

Any god is form of Adi Shakti and remembering Adi Shakti of her creations is beneficial and showers blessing on us.

Pray Brahma and get blessed

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