Within the Hindu trinity of Brahma,
Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the
destroyer. Brahma is recognized as the creator of the Universe.
Brahma is regarded as the Supreme Being, the god of gods. Lord
Brahma is the originator and the generator of the mankind. Brahma
symbolizes the universal mind, as creation is the work of the mind
and the intellect. The daily alternation of light and dark is
attributed to the activity of Brahma.
born by being grown in a lotus out of the navel of the sleeping
Vishnu. Brahma possesses greater than normal powers than most of
the Hindu gods except for Vishnu and Shiva. He has superhuman
strength, stamina and resistance to injury. He has extra-ordinary
clairvoyance on a nearly omniscient level as well as the ability to
tap into and manipulate mystical and cosmic energies equal to
Vishnu, Odin or Zeus. Brahma is also credited with riding Hamsa, a
great cosmic goose across the sky.
In order to
create the world and produce the human race, Brahma made a goddess
out of himself. One half was woman and the other half was man.
Brahma called the woman Gayatri, but she also became known by many
other names such as Saraswati.
sprouted five heads, so that he could watch Gayatri at all times. To
restrain Brahma's lust, Shiva wrenched off one of Brahma's five
heads. This helped Brahma come to his senses, and he took
Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, as his consort. With her help,
he regained control of his mind.
Brahma was later
seen as having four heads. Brahma can be seen as a four-faced,
four-armed, bearded deity. He carries a rose and a book in the upper
hand; a water pot (Kamandala) in the lower hand and one hand is always
there to bestow grace. The four faces represent the holy knowledge of
the four Vedas (Riga, Yajur, Sama and Atharva). It symbolizes that
Brahma is the foundation of all the knowledge required for the creation
of the universe. The four arms represent the four directions and
therefore symbolize that Lord Brahma is the omnipresent and the
The four Veda's
are said to have sprung from his heads. In the Life of Ganga, Brahma
advised Bhagiratha to ask the help of Shiva in containing the power of
Ganga (goddess of the Ganges river).
Although Brahma is
one of the three major gods in Hinduism, few Hindus actually worship
him. For creating the universe, Brahma
became known as the lord of progeny. But he is not worshipped because he
is responsible for distracting the mind away from the soul and towards
the cravings of the flesh. India today has very few temples
dedicated to Brahma alone as opposed to the tens of thousands of temples
dedicated to the other deities in the Trimurti, namely Vishnu and Shiva.
There are various
stories in Hindu mythology that talk about curses that have supposedly
prevented Brahma from being worshipped on Earth.