Lord Brahma


Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings, as depicted in the Hindu cosmology. Brahma is the Hindu god of creation and one of the Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva.

 

According to Shri Madha Bhagawata Mahapurana, Brahmā was born through Vishnu`s navel, Vishnu is the main source of whatsoever exists in the world; what is created is part of his own body. According to the Purāṇas, Brahmā is self-born in the lotus flower.


He is clad in red clothes. Brahmā is traditionally depicted with four heads, four faces, and four arms. With each head, He continually recites one of the four Vedas.

 

It is believed that once Lord Shiva stood in the form of a great Linga with deep roots into the womb of the mother earth and with the top far above the skies. Brahma and Vishnu threw each other a challenge that whoever finds the top or bottom of the Linga, will be considered as supreme. Accordingly Brahma took the form of a swan and flew into the sky.

 

Vishnu took the form of a boar and began digging deep into the earth. They spent a lot of time but could not reach the top or bottom of the Linga. However to show that he was superior, Brahma told a lie that he had touched the top of the Linga. A flower called Ketaki stood as a witness to the statement of Lord Brahma. Listening to these words Shiva became very angry and cursed Brahma that he would never be worshiped by any human being. He cursed the false witness, the Ketaki flower also, saying that the flower will not be used in the worship of any God or Goddess or in any holy activity.That is why they say that there are not more than 14 or 15 temples of Brahma, where as there are lakhs of temples for Shiva or Vishnu.