One of the
most significant gods in Hinduism is Brahma. In fact, Brahma is considered the
first god and the creator among the three gods that comprise the Hindu triumvirate or trimurti. This Hindu triad also includes the gods Shiva and
The god Brahma must not be confused with brahman, which is a spiritual,
metaphysical concept and believed to be the supreme force that is present in
all things. However, these two are said to be closely intertwined. Hindu
scholars suggest that the god Brahma actually originates from the concept of brahman
and is the very personification or visible representation of the brahman principle.
comes to the actual genesis of Brahma, there are two well-known narratives about
his birth. According to some Puranas or Indian literature, at the dawn of the universe, water was first created, and
in this water, the seed of brahman was placed. The seed then turned into a
golden egg and it was from this golden egg, known as the Hiranyagarbha, that
Brahma was born. However, according to other legends, Brahma was born from a
lotus flower, which arose from the navel of Vishnu.
Composite Image of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh
attributed to the creation of the universe and of all beings in it. It is
said that Brahma gave birth to the Prajapatis,
referred to as the eleven forefathers of the human race, and also to the Saptarishi of the seven great sages, in
order to aid him in creating the universe. Collectively, all these children of
Brahma are known as the Manasputras.
However, unlike any normal birth, these children were born from Brahma’s mind
and not his body and are therefore also called his mind-sons. Along with all
creation, Brahma is believed to be responsible for creating gods, demons,
ancestors, and men, which are four types of beings.
as the Hindu god of creation, Brahma is also associated with knowledge and the Vedas, which are the ancient holy Hindu
scriptures. Because of this, Brahma is also known as the father of Dharma. In
Hinduism, Dharma is the cosmic law, the innate nature of reality and the proper
Brahma, One of the Trimurti – The Three-Aspected Supreme (Large Size)
Brahma’s elevated status as a Supreme Being and the first god in the Hindu
triumvirate, he is not often depicted in Hindu myths as a god in human form but
usually described as an abstract idea of a great god. When it comes to the
depiction of the god Brahma, he is portrayed as having four heads, with each head
facing the four cardinal directions. It is said that the Vedas came from these
four heads of Brahma. Along with the multiple heads, he is also depicted as a
white-bearded man with a red or golden complexion, dressed in white, red or
pink, as well as having four arms and hands.
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other gods are pictured holding weapons, Brahma doesn’t hold any type of weapon.
Instead, his image is one that is clutching symbols of knowledge and creation in
his hands. The Vedas, a mala or
rosary beads that symbolize time, a sruva
or ladle that represents the feeding of the sacrificial fire, and a kamandalu which is a utensil with water
that symbolizes that from which all creation emits from, are the objects which
Brahma holds. While holding these symbolic items, Brahma is also frequently
seen sitting on a lotus or perched on a vahana
or vehicle in the form of a swan or goose.
the four heads of Brahma being the source of the four Vedas, they also
represent the four yugas or ages in
Hinduism, the four varnas or social
classes in the caste system, and the four ashramas
or stages in life, among others. In fact, some believe that the varnas actually
originate from the different parts of Brahma’s body.
Trimurti From Elephanta (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha)
ancient Hindu texts considered Brahma as the primary or supreme god, as time
has gone by, he has been largely eclipsed by Vishnu, Shiva, and other Hindu
gods. Today, unfortunately, Brahma is not as popularly worshipped as other
Hindu gods are. In fact, unlike Shiva, there is no specific sect in Hinduism
that exclusively worships Brahma. Throughout India, there are also only a few
temples that are specifically dedicated to Brahma. This is unlike the other two
gods in the Hindu triumvirate who have thousands of temples in their honor. However,
most temples that are devoted to Shiva and Vishnu also include images of
Brahma. So, while Brahma is greatly revered in ancient Hindu scripture, in the
present day, he is not as widely venerated by Hindus. It is believed that an
explanation for this could be because Brahma has accomplished his role as the
creator. With all that he has created, everything is now in the hands of and is
the responsibility of Vishnu and Shiva. Despite this, there is no questioning
the significance of Brahma in the whole of the Hindu faith.
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