Hinduism - Who Is Lord Brahma?


Brahma is the first of the Trimurti, the Hindu pantheon's "three aspects" of divinity, which include Brahma as the creator of the world, Vishnu as the preserver or sustainer, and Shiva as the destroyer. 

Brahma is typically shown with four heads (the fifth was slashed off by Bhairava, Shiva's wrathful form), and the hamsa, or Indian geese, is his animal chariot. 

  • Vishnu floats in the center of the cosmic ocean, resting on the gigantic snake Shesha, according to legend, during the period of cosmic disintegration between world cycles. 
  • When the moment comes for creation, Vishnu's navel grows a lotus, which opens to reveal Brahma within. 
  • Brahma begins the process of creation, and at the conclusion of the world cycle, he returns to the lotus, which is absorbed by Vishnu. 

One of Brahma's titles is Svayambhu ("self-born"), which refers to his spontaneous emergence at the beginning of each cosmic era. 

  • The world is not formed from nothing, according to Judeo-Christian doctrine. 
  • Brahma just organizes the universe's existing components into a cohesive and orderly cosmos. 

Brahma is a significant pantheon character who appears in numerous Hindu mythological stories. 

  • His legendary status obscures the reality that he is never worshipped as a major god. 
  • Throughout fact, at all of India, he has just one temple dedicated to him, in Pushkar. 
  • His absence of devotion has been ascribed by some Hindus to his position as the creator. 

After all, why bother with Brahma, whose job is done, now that creation has been completed? 

  • This lack of devotion is typically attributed to a curse—sometimes by the deity Shiva, but in other tales by the sage Bhrgu—in the puranas, books on Hindu mythology.

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